The government has changed the judge of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 9 that is holding trial of jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in Niko graft case.
Cumilla Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman joined the court on Monday replacing Md Mahmudul Kabir.
The law ministry on November 20 issued a notification transferring Md Mahmudul Kabir to Chnadpur Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.
The change came six days after Md Mahmudul Kabir on November 14 adjourned until January 3, 2019 the hearing on indictment of Khaleda and others in the Niko case.
The judge had passed the order after former prime minister Khaleda Zia argued that her lawyers would not be able to attend the court as they would be busy campaigning for the parliamentary elections rescheduled for December 30.
On November 22, attorney general Mahbubey Alam told reporters at his residence that he requested the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 9 to allow an FBI agent and two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials to testify in the Niko graft case.
He also said the judge posted for December 9 the hearing on the government petition.
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