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Sheikh  Hasina Determined to Return Home


In an exclusive interview from London , Sheikh Hasina says that she is determined to return to her own country Bangladesh despite the unjust restrictions on her rights to return home. Hasina says that she should be given an opportunity to face the case against her.

She reiterated her stand from her previous interview with VOA Bangla Service where Hasina said that she has every right to return to Bangladesh. She said she wants to fight the murder and extortion charges filed against her.

Sheikh Hasina is now in London, following a private visit to the United States. She said she plans to fly home on Monday.

Bangladeshi media report that Interior Ministry officials have asked airlines not to carry the former prime minister if she attempts to reenter the country.

On Tuesday, aides to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said she has agreed to go into exile.

However, a member of Khaleda Zia's political party lodged a petition in a Bangladeshi court today to block efforts to send her into exile.

The military-backed interim government has pressured the two political leaders to leave Bangladesh as part of its campaign to rid the country of political corruption.

Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina have dominated Bangladeshi politics for years, having alternatively served as prime minister since 1991. Both have been blamed for widespread corruption and chaos while in office.

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