A Chattogram court yesterday framed charges against 10 persons in connection with the sensational cocaine haul case filed with Bandar Police Station in 2015.
Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha framed the charges against them including Nur Mohammed, chairman of Khan Jahan Ali Group, and fixed May 19 for recording witnesses testimonies, said Public Prosecutor Fakhruddin Chowdhury.
Rab pressed charges on April 3, 2017, implicating Nur, his brother Mostaq and eight others in the case filed in this connection.
On June 6, 2015, Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CIID) sealed a container carrying 2,140 kilogrammes of liquid cocaine in 107 drums -- that arrived in Chittagong Port via Singapore on May 13, 2015, from Montevideo, Uruguay after being imported from Bolivia.
The container was imported by Khan Jahan Ali Limited, said investigators.
Later on June 27, 2015, following a laboratory test in Dhaka, existence of cocaine was found in a drum carrying number 96 out of a total 107.
The following day, Sub-Inspector Osman Gani of Bandar Police Station lodged the case and detectives of Chittagong Metrpolitan Police started investigation.
Nur Mohammad was arrested on January 15, 2016. Subsequently, Nur secured ad-interim bail from the High Court, which was later stayed by the Supreme Court on June 20, 2016, following a government petition against the HC order.
On October 8, 2017, following a petition from Khan Jahan Ali Group, the HC stayed the trial of the case.
However, following another petition by the government challenging the High Court order, the apex court on October 31, 2017 ordered the lower courts to resume the trial process and also asked Nur Mohammad to surrender before the lower court in three weeks.
Investigators have also found link of Bangladeshi-origin UK citizens Bakul and Fazlur in the drug smuggling.