BANGLADESHI EX-PM KHALEDA ZIA SHIFTED BACK to JAIL

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Dhaka: For­mer Bangladeshi Prime Min­is­ter Khaleda Zia was shifted back to jail from hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day for a court ap­pear­ance in a graft case.

Prison au­thor­i­ties trans­ferred the wheel­chair-bound Khaleda Zia to the Old Dhaka jail­house where she also ap­peared be­fore a court in the Niko graft case, bd­news24.com re­ported. The Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion had filed the case with Te­j­gaon Po­lice Sta­tion in 2007, ac­cus­ing Khaleda and 10 oth­ers of abus­ing power to award a gas ex­plo­ration and ex­trac­tion deal to Cana­dian com­pany Niko dur­ing her ten­ure as the Prime Min­is­ter. Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ab­dul­lah Al Harun, Di­rec­tor of Banga­bandhu Sheikh Mu­jib Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity (BSMMU) -- a gov­ern­ment-run med­i­cal uni­ver­sity cum hos­pi­tal -- told jour­nal­ists on Thurs­day that she was re­leased from hos­pi­tal as the med­i­cal board formed for her treat­ment gave her a dis­charge cer­tifi­cate. He said that her phys­i­cal con­di­tion was now sta­ble.

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