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Bangladeshi High Court Rules Hasina Trial Unlawful


Bangladesh's High Court has ruled that the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina under emergency rules is unlawful.

Analysts say the court's ruling on Wednesday can put into doubt the trials of more than 150 former leaders the military-backed interim government rounded up as part of its widespread anti-corruption campaign.

The government has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, which is expected to hear the case Thursday.

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.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more on the story.

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