Bangladesh asks Khaleda Zia's son to surrender

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Dhaka, Aug 20: The Bangladesh government asked former Prime Minister and current opposition leader Khaleda Zia"s son to surrender before a court by Aug 31, 2010.

Khaleda Zia"s son Arafat Rahman Koko, living in Bangkok for over two years, has been accused of illegal business deals and financial transactions when his mother was Bangladesh's prime minister during 2001-06.

On Thursday, Aug 19 Bangladesh home ministry issued the order to surrender before a court as Koko's parole expired in Aug first week. Officials told that Koko was not reporting on his health condition to the Bangladesh embassy in Thailand.

Koko and his elder brother Tarique Rahman left Bangladesh citing medical grounds in Dec 2008 as part of an understanding reached with the then government. Political analysts in Bangladesh told that the government"s new move will increase the rivalry between Khaleda Zia and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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