A Bangladesh court indicted former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for alleged graft on Sunday, and police arrested the head of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh party, Matiur Rahman Nizami, on similar charges.
The court indicted Ms. Hasina for allegedly 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.
The former prime minister denied any wrongdoing and said the charges are politically motivated. Nizami was arrested late Sunday, after police raided his residence. Also Sunday, a metropolitan court in Dhaka ordered two ministers in former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Cabinet jailed, pending trial in another corruption case. The ministers, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and M. Shamsul Islam, were taken into custody after they surrendered to the court.