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Bangladesh's Zia Faces Corruption Charges, Demands Elections by October


Bangladesh's former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, was taken to a special court in the capital, Dhaka, Sunday to face corruption charges involving Canadian oil giant Niko.

Security was tight around the makeshift court in the parliament complex for her first court appearance since her arrest in September.

Ms. Zia, who heads the Bangladesh National Party, called the charges against her false. She urged the military-backed interim government to lift the state of emergency by the end of June and to hold elections in October.

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina also appeared in the special courts set up in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex in another case. Hasina has appeared in the court several times before. This is the first time the two former prime ministers were produced in the special courts on the same day.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more on the story.

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