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Bangladeshi Businessman Files Extortion Case Against Former Prime Minister

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Police in Bangladesh say a businessman filed an extortion case Monday against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Tajul Islam Faruk, chairman of the Westmont Bangladesh Limited power company, has accused Hasina of extorting more than 436-thousand dollars (30 million taka) from him to win her approval for a power plant in northern Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina is the chief of the Awami League political party and the daughter of an independence war hero. She was the prime minister of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2001.

Hasina is currently vacationing in the United States. She recently blasted the army-backed interim government for delaying elections until 2008.

Bangladesh's interim government has been on an anti-corruption drive, arresting more than 100 people on allegations of corruption and extortion. Among them are the son of another former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, as well dozens of former ministers and political leaders. More from our Dhaka stringer, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury

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