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A Dhaka court today adjourned till January 24 the hearing on charge framing in the Gatco corruption case as two of the accused including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia could not appear before it due to illness.


While fixing the next date, Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 said all the accused must appear before the court on January 24, according to our court correspondent.

The adjournment order came when Khaledas lawyer Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder told the court that his client could not appear before the court today as she is ill.

Another accused BNP leader Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain also could not appear before the court for the same reason, his lawyer informed the court.

Earlier, the same court on January 10 directed former prime minister Khaleda and 16 others to appear before it today (January 16) for the hearing on charge framing in the case.
WHY WAS THE GATCO GRAFT CASE FILED?
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station on September 2, 2007 against Khaleda, Galib Tanveer and several others on charges of misappropriating Tk 1,000 crore while dealing with Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Company Ltd (Gatco).

On May 13 of 2008, the ACC pressed charges against Khaleda and 23 others.

Meanwhile, seven of the accused, including Khaledas younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, were dropped from the charge sheet following their deaths on different dates.

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