Khaleda asked to surrender
In view of the full order now published, the BNP chief will have to surrender before the trial court within two months after the full verdict reaches the court.
The Gatco graft case is awaiting trial at Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court.
Plaintiff ACC’s lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the full order was published on Monday.
Khaleda’s counsel Ragib Rauf Chowdhury told bdnews24.com in the evening they were yet to get a copy of the full order.
Her chief counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain had earlier said they would move the Appellate Division against the High Court order.
According to the case, the State counted Tk 145.63 million in losses when Gatco was awarded the container handling work at Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) and Chittagong Port..
The case was filed on Sept 2, 2007 against Khaleda, her youngest son late Arafat Rahman Coco, and 11 others.
The BNP chief and Coco were arrested the next day at their Dhaka Cantonment home. The case was included under the Emergency Rule Act on Sept 18 the same year.
On Sept 27, 2007, Khaleda and Coco filed two petitions with the High Court, challenging the legality of including the case under the Emergency Rule Act and seeking a stay order on the trial’s proceedings.
Three days later, the High Court stayed the proceedings and issued a rule asking why the case’s inclusion under the Act should not be declared illegal.
The Appellate Division later scrapped the stay order..
In 2008, Khaleda filed another petition challenging the legality of the case filed under the ACC Act, following which the High Court once again stayed the case proceedings.
After the ACC’s recent initiative to revive the case, the High Court resumed hearing and lifted the freeze in the final order on Aug 5 last year.