DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a High Court’s decision to grant bail to opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction. The government had appealed a March verdict by the High Court granting her bail for four months. Zia’s party says the February verdict was politically motivated, a charge the government has denied. Bangladesh politics are deeply fractious, with rivals Hasina and Zia ruling the country alternately since 1991, when democracy was restored. In the last election in 2014, Zia’s party and its political allies boycotted the race, allowing Hasina to return to power with a landslide victory.
Source: National Post May 16, 2018 04:54 UTC