Bangladesh's main opposition coalition on Tuesday rejected an extortion claim made against its leader, Sheikh Hasina.
The opposition Awami League called a businessman's allegation "baseless." The coalition said Hasina will return from her vacation in the United States within the next two weeks to respond to the charges.
On Monday, police said a businessman filed an extortion case against Hasina, who once served as prime minister of Bangladesh.
Tajul Islam Faruk, chairman of the Westmont Bangladesh Limited power company, has accused Hasina of extorting more than 436-thousand dollars (30 million taka) from him to win her approval in 1998 for a power plant in northern Bangladesh.
Awami League’s acting President Zillur Rahman and General secretary of AL M A Jalil said it is suspicious that the man waited nine years to file the case.
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