Dhaka, Oct 11 (bdnews24.com) – Former prime minister Khaleda Zia Thursday pleaded not guilty in the GATCO graft case during interrogation by AntiCorruption Commission.
ACC deputy director M Zahirul Huda accompanied by CID inspector Nurul Islam, army officer Major Mustafa Kamal and Khaleda's lawyer Ahmed Azam Khan entered the special jail housed at the Sangsad Bhaban complex before 12 noon to question her.
The taskforce members recorded her statement during the 45-minute questioning from 12:45pm.
Khan, the lawyer, talked to the BNP chairperson about the legal aspects of the case up to 45 minutes after the taskforce members had left.
Emerging from the special jail, Khan told reporters, "She has clearly stated during ACC interrogation that she and her son Coco have no involvement in the case.
"Her approval of the appointment of the contractor was a mere formality. [The cabinet committee on purchase] had already approved it. Earlier, she did not approve it since the committee did not cleared it," Khan said.
Khaleda is accused of misusing her power by awarding contracts to a local company, Global Agro Trade Company, when she was in office in 2003.
Her younger son Arafat Rahman Coco, also an accused in the case, allegedly influenced his mother to approve the deal.
The complaint said the Khaleda administration did not follow standard procedure in awarding the company work involving two cargo terminals, one in Dhaka's Kamlapur Railway Station and another in the country's main Chittagong seaport.
On Sept 30, the High Court granted bail to Khaleda, who was arrested on Sept 3 after her lawyers filed a petition.
The court also stayed the proceedings of the graft case brought against her under emergency
The Supreme Court on Oct 4 stayed the HC bail and said the case can go ahead in trial court.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Don't Leave Me Alone!!!
It appears that the former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia doesn't want to leave her accomplices alone. It appears from the anti corruption interrogation that she wants her ministers who were part of the purchase committee to join her in the Gatco case. If she has to drown, why will they float to survive? She wants to make it payback time for every one!!! The members of the cabinet purchase committee in question are former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, local government minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, health minister Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, information minister M Shamsul Islam, agriculture minister MK Anwar and industry minister Matiur Rahman Nizami. The cabinet secretary acted as the ex-officio member-secretary to the committee. Bdnews24 reports,