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Bangladesh’s former prime minister and opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, at a protest rally, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 5, 2016 (AP photo by A.M. Ahad).

Opposition Leader Zia Latest Victim of Bangladesh’s Zero-Sum Politics

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On April 5, following the injunction of a judge in Dhaka, Khaleda Zia, the former Bangladeshi prime minister and current leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), showed up in court accused of responsibility for a lethal arson attack last year. Prosecutors claimed that Zia instigated the attack on a bus, which left 12 people dead, by calling on her supporters to enforce a transportation blockade as part of protests against the government of the present prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, of the Awami League.

After her appearance in court, Zia almost immediately obtained bail. To no surprise, her party and her supporters have dismissed the charges, which are also aimed at 27 other BNP leaders, as frivolous and politically motivated. ...

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