A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on the prosecution petition seeking permission to produce an FBI agent and two members of Canadian police in court to testify in the Niko corruption case, till January 3 next year.
The court also asked all the 11 accused, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to appear before it on the day.
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of the Special Judge's Court-9 of Dhaka passed the order after Khaleda's lawyer Abdur Rezak Khan submitted a time petition saying that they would file written objection against the prosecution's pleas.
ACC Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol opposed the time petition made by Khaleda's lawyer and appealed to the court to continue the hearing.
Earlier on November 22, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam submitted a petition to a Dhaka court seeking permission to produce three witnesses, including an FBI agent Debra Laprevotte, before it to testify in the graft case.
Later that day, at a press conference the attorney general claimed that investigations conducted by FBI and Canadian police have found involvement of Hawa Bhaban in the Niko graft case.