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Bangladesh court orders opposition chief's trial go ahead

Published on Apr 23, 2014 6:54 PM
 
Former Bangladeshi prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia (Center) arrives for a court appearance in Dhaka on March 19, 2014. A Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia should stand trial for embezzlement in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia should stand trial for embezzlement in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.

The High Court rejected the former two-time premier's appeals to halt the trial, which had been expected to start on Monday after she was indicted on charges of embezzling more than US$650,000 (S$ 810,000).

"Both her appeals have been rejected. There is no bar to continue her trial in the two cases," deputy attorney general Mohammad Selim told AFP.

A panel of two judges said the charges framed against Ms Zia should stand and the trial could now go ahead in a special anti-corruption court in Dhaka, Mr Selim said.

 
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