Bangladesh's Supreme Court has ordered former military ruler H-M Ershad to surrender to a lower court after it rejected his plea that his two year jail sentence should be overturned.
A lower court sentenced him several years ago for squandering state funds when he bought patrol boats from Japan while he was in power from 1982 to 1990.
If he is jailed because of the Supreme Court decision, the Jatiya Party leader could be barred from running in next month's elections.
However, he has a right to appeal and also could run in the election from behind bars, which he did in the country's 1996 ballot while serving another jail sentence for corruption.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.