Authorities in Bangladesh have decided to withdraw all 12 corruption-related cases that had been brought against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A senior official in the Law Ministry, minister of state Kamrul Islam said Wednesday the charges were politically motivated. He also recommended withdrawing 50 other cases against political leaders.
In Ms. Hasina's case, all of the charges stem from a seven-year period before she was sworn in as prime minister this year. During that period, Bangladesh was ruled by an army-backed interim government and a coalition government led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
Zia had applied to the Anti-Corruption Commission to have charges against her lifted. However, the law minister says Zia was not among those cleared Wednesday.
An army-backed interim government ruled Bangladesh from 2007 until Ms. Hasina was sworn in as prime minister in January.
In May, thousands of people turned out for funeral prayers for the prime minister's husband, who died at the age of 70.