A court in Bangladesh has cleared former military ruler Hussain Muhammad Ershad of corruption charges that have been pending for 15 years.
A court in the capital, Dhaka, acquitted Ershad of charges in a land allotment case. Last month, he was acquitted of charges he illegally withdrew about four-thousand dollars deposited as income tax.
Sunday's ruling could pave the way for Ershad's Jatiya Party to join Bangladesh's coalition government. Both the ruling coalition and opposition parties have been courting the Jatiya Party ahead of national polls scheduled for January.
Ershad was Bangladesh's military ruler from 1982 to 1990. Our Dhaka stringer Zahurul Alam has more on the story: