Youngest son of Bangladesh’s detained ex-PM Khaleda released

By Xinhua,

Dhaka : Arafat Rahman Koko, Bangladesh’s detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s youngest son was released on interim bail to facilitate his treatment abroad, after more than ten months in prison.

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Home Affairs Advisor of the Bangladesh caretaker government MA Matin said Koko was set free for eight weeks for his treatment in humanitarian grounds.

Koko’s lawyer Sanaullah said Koko may be sent to Bangkok for treatment.

Koko, who is suffering from chronic respiratory complications, was arrested with her mother Khaleda on Sept. 3 last year in a corruption case.

MA Matin, however, did not say anything about the interim release of Khaleda and her eldest son Tarique Rahman who was arrested on March 8 last year in several corruption cases.

Khaleda ruled the country as the prime minister in two terms from 1991 to 1996 and from 2001 to 2006.

The current caretaker government headed by Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed, after assuming the office in January last year, rounded up nearly 200 former ruling ministers, MPs and top businessmen on suspicion of corruption.

Another former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who ruled the country from 1996 to 2001 was arrested in July last year in connection with several corruption cases. She has been granted interim release in June for eight weeks to treat her ears and eyes in the United States.