Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh court sends former leader Khaleda Zia to prison

A Bangladesh court sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday to five years in prison on corruption charges. The conviction means that Zia, the archrival of the current prime minister, could be barred from running in December national elections.

Zia was taken to a Dhaka prison under heavy security. In a country riven by dynastic politics, security forces fearing clashes had poured into the streets ahead of the verdict, along with supporters of both major political parties.

Defense lawyer Mahbubuddin Khokan said Zia ordered him to appeal. "This is unbelievable," he said. "I am confident she will come out of jail."

Zia was convicted of...

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