Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  
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Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad deferred again

Verdict on the gold smuggling case against former president and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has been deferred for the fifth time yesterday as he fell sick.

First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge SM Mujibur Rahman fixed June 12 for the verdict delivery after reviewing a petition filed by the defence lawyers.

In the petition, the defence lawyers said Ershad could not appear before court due to chest pain.

The verdict in question being a lengthy one, passing of judgment on the case was deferred on two occasions and then on another two occasions because the judge was on leave.

On February 6, the verdict was not delivered as the judge could not complete preparing it and the court adjourned until February 15 when Ershad's lawyers filed a time petition.

Moreover, the verdict was not delivered on March 6 and later on March 27 as the judge was on leave on those days.

A gold smuggling case was filed with Cantonment Police Station on July 17, 1990 after a team of customs officials held four people, including two foreign nationals, at Zia International Airport the same day while they were trying to smuggle around 3.6 kg of gold worth around Tk 2.5 crore into Bangladesh.

During the investigation, the IO found evidence of Ershad's involvement in the smuggling and his name was included in the charge sheet on August 31, 1991.