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Elder Son of Former Bangladeshi PM Released on Bail


Bangladeshi authorities have granted bail to the detained elder son and political heir of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

A lawyer for Tareque Rahman says a Bangladeshi court on Thursday ordered his client freed on bail on all 13 graft charges against him. He said authorities will likely release Rahman soon.

Police arrested Rahman last March during a massive anti-corruption sweep and doctors say he has been injured while in government custody. Rahman is expected to travel abroad for medical treatment. Earlier this week, hundreds of student demonstrators clashed with police in the capital, Dhaka, to protest Rahman's detention.

Police say the demonstration turned deadly when protesters torched a vehicle, causing a gas cylinder to explode and kill one person.

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