Bangladesh's Supreme Court has denied bail to former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, threatening her chances of participating in upcoming national elections.
Ms. Hasina is currently on medical parole in the United States. Her lawyers say Thursday's ruling means she cannot run for office in the December 18th election. The Awami League leader spent a year in detention in Bangladesh on corruption charges until authorities allowed her to travel to the United States in June for medical treatment. Ms. Hasina was denied bail in a case in which she is accused of extorting 750-thousand dollars from a businessman when she was prime minister.
Her political rival, Khaleda Zia, was released on bail from a Bangladeshi prison in September. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader also spent a year in detention on corruption charges. It is not clear if the two parties will take part in December's election while their leaders are barred from running.
A lower court in Bangladesh denied bail to Ms. Hasina last month, prompting her to appeal to the country's top court.