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Bangladeshi Political Leaders Face Murder Charges


Police in Bangladesh have brought murder charges against some 50 political leaders, including opposition Awami League chief and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

Authorities said on Wednesday murder charges were also filed against Matiur Rahman Nizami, the head of the Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Officials say the charges stem from the deaths of rival activists from both parties during anti-government protests in the capital, Dhaka, last October.

Court officials say the case will be heard April 22nd.

Ms. Hasina is the chief of the Awami League political coalition. In an interview with British radio on Wednesday, she denied the allegations against her.

The alliance's general secretary, Abdul Jalil on Wednesday said Ms. Hasina will fight the charges when she returns from her vacation in the United States.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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