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.
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Research into banks’ charitable activities shows a strong interest in disclosing donations made the the ruling family’s causes.
Militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh since early last year, with atheist bloggers, liberal academics, gay rights campaigners, foreign aid workers, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups among the victims.
US Department of Justice documents reveal that Rizve Ahmed was also seeking Robert Lustyik’s help in getting “charges dropped” against an opposition politician, thought to be BNP leader Tarique Rahman.
Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight, after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal.
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court in January upheld the death penalty for Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the 1971 war.
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Bangladesh-India relations in the next decade will be dominated by connectivity projects that will gradually integrate India’s north-eastern States with Bangladesh
It is to the NDA government’s credit that a new consensus has been forged withing India on its relations with Bangladesh, even though Manmohan Singh’s team did all the heavy lifting in settling the difficult bilateral issues.
The curious case of a Bangladeshi opposition leader whose sudden and mysterious arrival in Shillong raises difficult questions for both Dhaka and New Delhi.