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POSTED | 17:33 PM | 25-02-2015

Arrest warrants for former Bangladesh prime minister

A Bangladesh court issued arrest warrants on Wednesday (25 Feb 2015) for former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, action likely to escalate tension fuelling anti-government protests in which more than 100 people have been killed over the past month, according to Reuters.

A special anti-corruption court issued the warrants after declining her lawyers’ plea for more time in two graft cases.

“The court issued warrants against her ... There is no justice,” Khaleda's lawyer Sanaullah Miah told reporters.

Khaleda is accused of embezzling $650,000 in two corruption cases involving charitable funds during her last term as prime minister from 2001 to 2006.

She has failed to appear in court for hearings citing security concerns.

She and leaders of her party have denied the charges saying they are politically motivated.

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