Former Bangladeshi PM indicted for graft at charities

DHAKA, Bangladesh, March 19 (UPI) -- Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was charged with corruption for allegedly illegally collecting more than $1 million in donations for charities.

Zia, 68, her son Tarique Rahman, and eight other people were charged Wednesday in two graft cases, the Press Trust of India reported.


The cases are centered on two charities named after Zia's late husband -- the Zia Orphanage Trust and the Zia Charitable Trust.

Six people, including Zia and Rahman, are charged with graft in the orphanage case and four including Zia were indicted with corruption related to the Zia Charitable Trust.

The Bangladeshi Anti-Corruption Commission alleged the former prime minister, her son and four others embezzled money by forming the "fake" orphanage trust. She also allegedly abused power at the Zia Charitable Trust.

Trial is set for April 21.

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