Bangladesh court weighs bid to block expulsion of former PM Mike Rosen-Molina at 2:50 PM ET
[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court Thursday received a petition from a supporter of former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile] Thursday to halt Khaleda's exile, arguing that the forced expulsion was a violation of her human rights. Government sources said Khaleda had agreed to be exiled from Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] in exchange for leniency for her sons Tareque Rahman and Arafat Rahman [JURIST reports], who had been arrested on corruption charges. Arafat was released 24 hours after he was first detained. On Wednesday, sources close to Khaleda reported that she had changed her mind and now wished to remain in Bangladesh. Some speculated that Khaleda's decision to remain in the country may have been prompted by the announcement that her political rival Sheikh Hasina [Virtual Bangladesh profile] intended to return to Bangladesh despite her own government-imposed exile [JURIST report]. The interim government said Wednesday that security forces and port authorities were ready to take "necessary actions" to prevent Hasina's return.
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