BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said that she had nothing to say over the national election held on December 30.
She made the comment when reporters approached the BNP chief regarding the recent election at the end of today’s hearing in the Niko graft case before a makeshift court inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail.
Sitting in a wheelchair, Khaleda expressed her dissatisfaction towards with the court setting and said, “I won’t come to the court if it sits at such a place. The court can’t run here. Our people can’t come here. Sentence me if you want. Then I won’t have to come to this court.”
Her legs ache, Khaleda told reporters while she was being taken to the jail.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of the Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka said, “Start the charge hearing afresh as I am new in this case. I will hear everyone’s speech.”
After that, Public Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Commission Mosahrraf Hossain Kajol read out the charge sheet of the case.
BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, also one of the accused in the case, told the court that the setting of the court was not appropriate for holding the trial as there were no proper sitting arrangements for the lawyers and others.
“The charge hearing has started afresh as the judge of the case has been changed,” the ACC prosecutor said.
The judge then adjourned the trial proceedings until January 13.
On December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Niko graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing Khaleda and 10 others of abusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during her tenure as the prime minister.