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Former Bangladesh PM Makes First Court Appearance in Graft Case


Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has appeared in court for the first time to face charges of extortion.

Security was tight as Ms. Hasina was brought to the court in the capital, Dhaka on Monday from a makeshift jail in the parliamentary complex where she has been held since July.

After hours of legal debate between the prosecution and defense, the judge said the next hearing in the case will take place on December ninth.

Sheikh Hasina, along with her sister and a cousin, are accused of taking more than 400-thousand dollars from a businessman in return for letting his company build a power plant. The charge is just one of several the former prime minister is facing.

Ms. Hasina, leader of the Awami League party, has denied the charges, saying the army-backed emergency government is trying to force her from politics.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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