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Jailed former Bangladeshi PM Khaleda Zia barred from contesting polls

Dhaka, November 27: Khaleda Zia, the jailed former Bangladesh prime minister, Tuesday was barred from contesting next month’s general elections by a top court, which ruled that a person imprisoned for over two years cannot participate in polls.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, who is convicted in two graft cases, cannot contest the upcoming 11th general election on December 30.
The 73-year-old ex-premier is now serving jail terms in two graft cases involving charities named after her slain husband Ziaur Rahman.
“She is disqualified from taking part in the upcoming elections,” Alam told a press conference, hours after the High Court issued a rule saying persons jailed for more than two years even if their appeals are pending with the courts cannot contest the polls. (PTI)