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Sheikh Hasina's trial set for Dec 3

A Dhaka court sets December 3 to start the trial of detained former Bangladesh prime minister for an alleged bribery.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2007 17:42 IST

A Dhaka court on Wednesday set December 3 to start the trial of detained former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for an alleged bribery involving Taka 3 crore, court officials and lawyers said.

They said Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Azizul Hoque set the date for indicting Hasina and two other co-accuseds on December 3, when his court was also expected to move for "safety reasons" to its makeshift premises at the parliament complex, where a building was turned as a temporary sub-jail to accommodate the Awami League leader.
"The trial of the case will start at the makeshift court set up in Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) Bhaban for safety reasons," chief special public prosecutor (PP) A B M Sharfuddin Ahmed Khan Mukul earlier said.

Mukul was appointed chief special public prosecutor (PP) to run the case under a gazette notification to lead a panel of five-member prosecution panel.

Hasina's lawyer Syed Rezaur Rahman told PTI that they would appear before the court on November 3 as the court ordered her personal appearance for the charge framing.
The court decision came as police filed the charge sheet against Hasina, sister Sheikh Rehana and cousin and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim after investigations on a case filed by Bangladeshi businessmen Azam Jahangir Chowdhury on June 13.

Chowdhury alleged that Hasina and the two others forced him to pay Taka 2.99 crore in bribes in return for allowing him to build a power plant in suburban Naraynganj during Hasina-led Awami League government from 1996-2001.

Police formally charged Hasina with extortion on July 24 after her arrest on July 16. The Supreme Court on November 26 cancelled the bail granted to Hasina by the High Court in the bribe case.

First Published: Nov 28, 2007 17:38 IST