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Courtroom Row Halts Hasina Trial


The corruption trial of Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was abruptly suspended on Monday after heated exchanges between prosecution and defense lawyers.

Court officials say defense lawyers questioned the court's neutrality after being denied the opportunity to cross-examine a witness, businessman Azam Chowdhury.

The trial was adjourned after the judge left the courtroom warning lawyers to behave properly.

Ms. Hasina is accused of extorting more than 400-thousand dollars during her tenure as prime minister, from 1996 to 2001. She faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Zahurul Alam has the details.

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