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Bangladesh Court Hears Charges Against Former PM


A Bangladesh court has heard extortion charges against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

After judges heard charges dating to Ms. Hasina's tenure as prime minister, they adjourned the case until December 31st. Defense lawyers said they needed more time to gather documents.

Ms. 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.

The former prime minister is being held in a makeshift jail in Bangladesh's parliamentary complex.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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