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Bangladesh High Court Grants Bail, Stays Case Against Former Prime Minister


Bangladesh's High Court has ordered that detained former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina be freed on bail after staying an extortion case against her.

The court gave the authorities two weeks to provide justification for the use of emergency laws to prosecute the leader of the Awami League political party.

Sheikh Hasina was arrested two weeks ago on charges of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a businessman who built a power plant in Bangladesh.

Her lawyers filed a petition on Sunday, challenging whether the charges can be filed using recently enacted emergency laws. One of her lawyers, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru spoke to Voice of America.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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