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Bangladesh opposition leader sent to jail as protests loom

Published on Mar 16, 2014 9:24 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court sent the country's second most senior opposition leader to jail on Sunday, a prosecutor said, a move set to trigger renewed protests in the politically volatile nation.

The court in Dhaka denied bail to Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), who is charged with murder during violence in the run-up to a controversial general election in January.

"The metropolitan magistrate rejected bail for Alamgir and two other BNP officials and sent them to jail," prosecutor Abdullah Abu told AFP.

The detention comes amid a government crackdown on the BNP and its 18 smaller allies, all of whom boycotted the violence-plagued election and allowed the ruling Awami League to win an absolute majority.

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