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Bangladesh ex-PM's son freed: official

The influential son of Bangladesh's former premier Khaleda Zia was freed from custody in the emergency-ruled country Wednesday Wednesday: see week. , an official said.

Tareque Rahman, once referred to as the most powerful man in Bangladesh during Zia's stint as premier between 2001 and 2006, has been granted bail although he still faces 13 charges of corruption.

He is expected to leave Bangladesh for medical treatment as part of an effort by the army-backed government to ease tensions with mainstream political parties and restore democracy by the end of the year.

Rahman's lawyers allege To state, recite, assert, or charge the existence of particular facts in a Pleading or an indictment; to make an allegation.


allege v.
 he is now partially paralysed after being tortured in custody, and doctors had recommended he be released so he can go abroad for treatment.

"He has been released from the prison's hospital cell," Bangladesh's prisons chief, Brigadier General Zakir Hassan, told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. . "Although he is no longer in custody, security remains tight."

Hundreds of supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Dôl  (BNP BNP B-type natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide Physiology A 32-residue peptide hormone produced predominantly in the ventricles, secreted in response to fluid overload–eg, CHF. See Atrial natriuretic peptide. ), to which Rahman belongs, began gathering outside the Bangabandhu Sheikh sheikh
 or shaykh

Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders.
 Mujib Medical University Hospital in central Dhaka three days ago in anticipation of his release.

Rahman, 43, was admitted to a high security prison ward at the hospital in January after doctors declared that severe back pain had made him "gravely ill."

Rahman's release is seen as key to the participation of Zia's BNP in elections set for December, which will return the country to civilian rule.
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