A Dhaka court acquitted former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in the gold smuggling case. The judgment of the case had been adjourned seven times for different reasons before a final verdict was given.
Former president Ershad faced numerous charges after he was deposed in a popular uprising in 1990. In August and September last year, he was acquitted in four graft cases following his announcement of joining the BNP-led four-party alliance. The gold smuggling case was filed 16 years ago on July 17, 1990 while president Ershad was in office. Primarily, the persons accused in the charge sheet were Bernhard Rudiger of Germany, David Anthony Chalmar Chaker of UK, former Zia International Airport manager Maj (retd) Ashraf Uddin Sekender, airport security guard Abu Taher, former chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Mainul Islam, and Maksudur Rahman.
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