On Tuesday the High Court quashed proceedings against Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in a corruption case filed in 2001 involving the purchase of MiG-29 warplanes during her previous administration.
AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Borhanuddin, the bench of justices, declared this verdict on a petition submitted by Sheikh Hasina in 2008 that challenged the accusations against her. In 2001, the accusations were made against the Prime Minister and six others of purchasing eight Russian MiG-29 warplanes during the term of her party and incurring financial losses to the state of $129 million.
The court now says that the former Bureau of Anti-Corruption filed the case under the influence of the four party alliance government led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party. Therefore, it has no legal validity.