Zia likely to be interrogated this week in Gatco corruption case

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Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNI) Detained former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to be questioned this week in connection with the Gatco container corruption case pending against her.

''The investigation officer has already filed a petition with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate seeking permission to question and take a statement from the detained former prime minister. The petition is likely to be granted tomorrow,'' the UNB quoted sources as saying.

If granted, the interrogation will take place sometime this week at sub-jail, they said.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on September 2 filed the case against Khaleda, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 11 other people for allegedly receiving kickbacks in awarding Gatco the contract for container management at inland container depots in Dhaka and Chittagong.

It was alleged that due to tendering of the work to Gatco the exchequer incurred a loss of over 1,000 crore taka.

Earlier, on Thursday the Supreme Court today stayed a High Court order granting bail to the former prime minister.

Meanwhile, detained former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain was interrogated yesterday at Dhaka Central Jail gate in connection with the case.

He was one of the members of the purchase committee that awarded the contract to Gatco.

The Anti-Corruption Commission has already questioned six former ministers, six retired secretaries and one serving additional secretary of the communications ministry in connection with the case.

UNI

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