Bangladeshi authorities have jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on corruption charges.
Police arrested Ms. Zia and her younger son Arafat Rahman Coco in Dhaka on Monday and brought them to a court, where a judge denied them bail.
Bangladesh's anti-corruption commission accuses Ms. Zia of misusing her powers in awarding government contracts, including one for building port facilities in Chittagong.
Ms. Zia, who left office last October, says she and her son are innocent and the charges are politically-motivated.
Police escorted Ms. Zia to a special prison near Bangladesh's parliament.
USA and Britain expressed hope that Begum Zia will be accorded proper treatment and that her rights will not be violated.
Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been detained inside the parliament complex since July, and also faces corruption charges.
Authorities filed a new corruption case against Ms. Hasina Sunday, accusing her of illegally taking bribes of more than 400-thousand dollars during her term as prime minister from 1996 to 2001.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.