Bangladesh: Bangladesh says it will release jailed former prime minister

Bangladesh’s government will release imprisoned former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for six months on the condition that she stays at home and does not leave the country, the law minister said Tuesday.

Anisul Huq said Zia, 74, is being released on humanitarian grounds considering her age.

Zia, the country’s opposition leader, was sentenced to 17 years in prison in two corruption cases. Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party says the cases were politically motivated. The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Zia’s archrival, denies the allegation.

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