Authorities in Bangladesh have released the ailing elder son
of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, pending his corruption trial.
Prison officials said Tareque Rahman was granted bail on medical grounds on Wednesday
and is expected to leave a prison hospital and travel abroad for treatment
of ailments, including back pain.
Rahman is a senior joint secretary-general of his mother's Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP),and was once referred to as one of the
most powerful figures in Bangladesh.
Police arrested Rahman last March during a massive anti-corruption sweep and
doctors say he has been injured while in government custody. He had been
detained on 13 corruption charges.
Officials say Rahman's release paves the way for the BNP to participate in
December's parliamentary elections.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.