The corruption trial of Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened on Wednesday in the capital, Dhaka.
Ms. Hasina is accused of extorting more than 400-thousand dollars during her tenure as prime minister, from 1996 to 2001.
As the trial opened, a Bangladeshi businessman, Azam Chowdhury, told the court that he had paid thousands of dollars in bribes to Sheikh Selim in order to win a building contract.
Ms. Hasina's former minister, Sheikh Selim, and her sister, Sheikh Rehana, are also implicated in the case. All three defendants have denied the charges against them.
Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more on the story.