The verdict will likely push the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party into further crisis, clearing the way for the Awami League to form government in Dhaka again.
While the ruling AL party say the verdict against Zia proves no one can get away with corruption, BNP say it is a plot to keep her out of the national elections later this year.
As Hasina kicks off poll campaign, BNP accuses Awami League of ‘political vendetta’, threatens to take to the streets if Zia is convicted on February 8.
Three men recently released have denied that they were in law enforcement custody. That’s not surprising, given the threats and intimidation involved.
Police said the two men killed themselves by detonating explosives as officers launched an early-morning raid in a village in Jhenidah district.