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Allowing the defence plea, the court then adjourned the hearing till 24 November.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against five including Begum Khaleda Zia with Tejgaon police station in the capital on 9 December in 2007, for abusing power in signing a deal with Canadian company Niko for exploring and extracting gas.

The ACC on 5 May 2008 submitted the charge-sheet against 11 people including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused them of incurring a loss of over Tk 130 billion of state exchequer by that deal.

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