Hearing of MiG-29 case against Hasina deferred till June 2

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Dhaka, May 28 (UNI) The Hearing on charge framing in the MiG-29 purchase scam case against detained Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and six others was today deferred till June 2 by a special anti-graft court.

The Judge of the Special Court-7 shifted the date as the defence lawyers appealed for time, the Daily Star reported.

On December 11, 2001, the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) had filed the case against Hasina and four others with the Tejgaon Police Station accusing them of causing a loss of Tk 700 crore to the public exchequer, purchasing eight MiG-29 fighter jets while Hasina was in power as prime minister.

The names of Brig Gen (retd) Iftekhar-Ul-Bashar and former deputy secretary Hasan Mahmood Delwar were dropped from the case due to poor evidence.

The former army chief Mustafizur Rahman, Air Commodore (retd) Mirza Akhter Maruf, former joint secretary Hossain Serniabat and businessman Nur Ali were implicated in the case after investigators found their involvement in the scam.

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