March 25, 2020 / 11:45 AM / 6 days ago

Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda freed on humanitarian grounds, her party says

FILE PHOTO: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia waves to activists as she arrives for a rally in Dhaka in this file picture taken January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/File Photo

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh’s ailing former prime minister Khaleda Zia was released from prison on Wednesday on humanitarian grounds, her party said.

Khaleda, 74, was jailed in 2018 following her conviction for graft. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had suspended her prison term for six months, her party general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said. [nL4N2BH3KB]

Her health has been deteriorating for months and she was moved to a hospital in April last year.

Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Andrew Heavens

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