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Bangladeshi Police Arrest Ex-PM's Son, Other Politicians in Anti-Corruption Probe


Bangladeshi police have arrested the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, three other politicians and a newspaper editor as part of the government's anti-corruption crackdown.

Officials say Ms. Zia's son, Tarique Rahman, was detained early Thursday morning at his mother's house in Dhaka. He was taken to a Dhaka court under heavy security and remanded for four days.

Rahman is the joint secretary-general of Ms. Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party and is widely seen as her eventual successor.

In other raids, police detained Chittagong's mayor, A.B.M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, and former health minister Mosarraf Hossain, a close aide of Ms. Zia.

Authorities also arrested a former lawmaker of the Jamaat-e-Islami party Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher, which is allied to the B.N.P, and the editor of Dhaka's Janakantha newspaper, Atiqullah Khan Masud.

Bangladeshi security forces have detained more than 60 politicians on suspicion of corruption in recent weeks. The arrests are part of the interim government's efforts to clean up the political system and prepare the country for credible elections.

Zahurul Alamhas more on the story.

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