Khaleda, two ministers shown arrested in Canadian oil comapany scam

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Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNI) Detained former prime minister of Bangladesh Khaleda Zia and two of her detained cabinet ministers were shown arrested in the Niko corruption case, media reports said here today.

Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Golam Rabbani issued the order yesterday on a petition filed by the investigation officer of the case.

''We need to show arrested the three suspects, now detained in jail, for the sake of the investigation of the case,'' the investigation officer, Anti-Corruption Commission assistant director Shahidur Rahman, told the court.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda, former law minister Moudud Ahmed and former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, then acting energy secretary Khandakar Shahidul Islam and Niko's South Asia vice-president Quasem Sharif were sued for causing a loss of 10,000 crore takas to the state exchequer by signing contracts with the Canadian oil company.

The ACC lodged the case on December 9.

Another case was also filed on the day against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, and five more for causing a loss of 13,630.5 crore takas to the state exchequer in dealing with the same company.

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