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Violence in Bangladesh after Khaleda Zia convicted of fraud

Guilty: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia at a press conference in Dhaka on February 7 (Munir Uz Zaman/ /AFP/Getty Images)

By: Rithika Siddhartha

CLASHES have erupted in Bangladesh after a court convicted opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail today (8). Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, a charge she had consistently dismissed as politically motivated. The two-time former prime minister is expected to appeal against the verdict, but it may affect her ability to stand in a general election slated for December. She was immediately taken to a special jail in the old part of the city where she would have to remain…

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