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Former Bangladesh Prime Minister's Son Charged with Extortion

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The son of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has been formally charged with extortion.

Police say Tarique Rahman took 145-thousand dollars from a construction company. Rahman has denied the allegation.

If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Rahman was arrested on March 8th as part of a wider crackdown on corruption that has led to the detention of dozens of political figures.

He is the senior joint secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Rahman's mother ended a five-year term as prime minister in October and handed power to an interim government that was to prepare for elections.

The elections that were scheduled for January were canceled following months of protests demanding electoral reform. Our Dhaka stringer Matiur Rahman Chiwdhury has more on it.

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