Court reverses order to free on bail ex-Bangladesh PM


DHAKA — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court reversed on Thursday a lower court decision to free former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on bail, upholding an appeal by the army-backed interim government. The government will proceed with Khaleda’s prosecution on corruption charges, a lawyer at the prosecutor’s office said, following the top court’s order.

Her party said it was disappointed with the court ruling, but hoped justice would be done. Security forces arrested Khaleda and her son Arafat Rahman early last month to face graft charges in the award of a cargo-handling contract to a firm in 2003 that her son allegedly favored, overruling a state committee’s recommendation.