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Reports: Bangladesh Ex-Leaders May Get Medical Release


Media reports in Bangladesh say the military-backed interim government may allow the medical release of the country's two former prime ministers detained on charges of corruption.

Bangladeshi newspapers say the caretaker government is likely to allow Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina to be released from jail for treatment overseas.

The reports quote former Prime Minister Zia as saying during a court appearance on Sunday that she would not go abroad for health treatment and would prefer to be treated by Bangladeshi doctors.

But representatives for Ms. Hasina say she would consider going to the United States or Europe for treatment if allowed.

Officials have not disclosed which ailments compel overseas treatment, but Ms. Hasina suffers from hearing problems caused by a bomb attack four years ago. Ms. Zia is believed to have arthritis.

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