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PM Sheikh Hasina home in October: secretary

world Updated: Sep 17, 2008 15:09 IST

Former Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed is expected to return home early next month after completing medical treatment in the United States, her secretary said on Wednesday.

The ex-prime minister, who faces multiple corruption charges, was released on parole in June after nearly a year in detention, as part of an apparent deal with the country's army-backed authorities.

Sheikh Hasina's secretary, Hasan Mahmud, told AFP she would return on October 7 or 8, having been treated for hearing problems at a hospital in Maryland.

Observers say Sheikh Hasina, whose parole is due to end on October 6, will likely be awarded bail on all charges she faces before arriving in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina's political rival Khaleda Zia was released on bail on last Thursday after more than a year in custody, also on corruption charges.

The release of the two women is widely seen as a deal with the interim authorities for their respective parties Sheikh Hasina's Awami League and Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party to participate in December polls, which will end nearly two years of emergency rule.