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Former Bangladesh PM's Son Faces Extortion Charges


The son of a former Bangladesh prime minister is facing extortion charges.

A Dhaka court judge set March 29th as the hearing date for Tareque Rahman, the son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who appeared briefly in court on Monday.

Rahman is charged with illegally taking 145-thousand dollars from a construction company. He denies the allegation. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Rahman was arrested 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).

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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