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Bangladesh Court Indicts Former PM Hasina for Corruption


A Bangladesh court has formally charged former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with graft.

The court indicted Ms. Hasina on Sunday for taking 440-thousand dollars in bribes from a power plant in exchange for awarding it a state contract. The kickbacks allegedly took place during her term in office between 1996 and 2001.

Ms. Hasina was in court for the indictment. She denied wrongdoing and said the charges are politically motivated.

The politician could face at least seven years in jail if convicted. She would also be barred from contesting national polls due in December.

Sheikh Hasina is among at least 150 high-profile figures, including another former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, who have been arrested by the army-backed government as part of an anti-corruption campaign.


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