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2ND LD: Bangladesh arrests, jails ex-Premier Zia for corruption.

DHAKA, Sept. 3 Kyodo


Bangladeshi police arrested former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her younger son Arafat Rahman Coco early Monday for alleged involvement in corruption.

Immediately after their arrest, both were taken to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court under security cover.

The court later rejected bail requests and sent Zia to a special jail attached to the Parliament House complex.

Her son was remanded in custody for seven days for questioning.

Sunday night, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against the former prime minister, her son and 11 others.

They have been charged with violating tender formalities for container handling facilities at the Dhaka Inland Container Depot and Chittagong Port yard on March 1, 2003, commission sources said.

Zia was prime minister from 1991-1996 and from 2001 until her term expired last October.

On Sunday, the Anti-Corruption Commission detained former Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and six others in a

$4.5 million graft case.

The commission alleges Hasina and others helped a foreign company and its local partners to set up a barge-mounted power plant in the southern district Khulna.

That action follows the arrest of Hasina at her home in Dhaka on July 16.

Hasina was later ordered jailed pending trial on extortion charges.

Hasina had already been charged with corruption and murder in recent months, but the July 16 arrest was related to a charge she extorted Taka 30 million ($437,315) from a businessman.

Hasina was Bangladesh's premier from 1996 until 2001.

Bangladesh is currently governed by an interim government charged with overseeing elections to a new parliament.
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Date:Sep 8, 2007
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