Bangladesh police arrest former PM on corruption charges

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September 3, 2007 17:32

Police in Bangladesh arrested the country's former prime minister on corruption charges, the latest in a series of moves by the nation's military-backed government to undermine a political elite widely viewed as corrupt. The interim government canceled elections earlier this year after months of politically motivated violence, and analysts say it appears determined to keep Bangladesh's two main political parties - and the pair of women who dominate them - from power when it restores democracy next year. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, whose term ended in October, was arrested at her home in the Bangladeshi capital hours after a case was filed by an anti-corruption official against her and her youngest son, Arafat Rahman Coco, Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman told The Associated Press by phone. She was brought to court later in the morning, and insisted she and her son were innocent.


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