Court demands explanation on detention of Zia's son
Bangladesh High Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain in 10 days why the detention of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman, who has been charged in an extortion case, was not illegal.
The order came after Rahman's wife Jobaida Rahman filed a petition with the Court -- the second in eight days- following his arrest on March eight in the anti-graft crackdown of the caretaker government.
Tarique, who wielded immense clout during his Bangladesh Nationalist Party's five-year rule, appeared in court yesterday to face extortion charges.
Accepti8ng the corruption charge sheet against him the court rejected rejected his bail plea and remanded him to custody until March 29.
A case was filed against Rahman on March 8 for allegedly extorting Taka 1 crore from a construction firm and was arrested the same day from his mother and BNP chief's house
There are 12 witnesses in the case, police said while lawyers said if found guilty, he could be jailed for a maximum of five years.
A Chinese research vessel - widely tagged as a spy ship - reached Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port on Tuesday morning, reports said, amid concerns in India. Yuan Wang-5 is used by China's People's Liberation Army to track satellites and ballistic missiles. The ship is said to have some 2,000 sailors aboard. It's considered to be strategically important because of its location. External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi gave a sharp response over Beijing's comment.
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Ukraine called for new sanctions on Russia and warned about the consequences of catastrophe at Europe's biggest nuclear plant, where fresh shelling nearby has renewed a blame game between both sides. Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials have traded accusations over who is responsible for attacks close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. In Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's late Monday-night address, Zelenskiy sought a tougher world response on the Kremlin. Reuters could not immediately verify battlefield reports.