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Bangladeshi ex-PM Khaleda Zia shifted back to jail

 DHAKA, Nov 9: Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was shifted back to jail from hospital for a court appearance in a graft case.

Prison authorities transferred the wheelchair-bound Khaleda Zia to the Old Dhaka jailhouse where she also appeared before a court in the Niko graft case, bdnews24 reported.

The Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station in 2007, accusing Khaleda and 10 others of abusing power to award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during her tenure as the Prime Minister.

Brigadier General Abdullah Al Harun, Director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) -- a government-run medical university cum hospital -- told journalists on Thursday that she was released from hospital as the medical board formed for her treatment gave her a discharge certificate. He said that her physical condition was now stable.

Khaleda Zia, also chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was admitted to the hospital in Dhaka on October 6 for treatment following a court directive. - IANS

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