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Dhaka Tribune

'Khaleda's arrest could destabilise country'

Update : 03 Mar 2015, 03:53 PM

International Crisis Group (ICG) warned that if BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is arrested “it could seriously escalate the political crisis that has seen over 100 killed in anti-government protests since early January.”

“In Bangladesh an anti-corruption court issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. If the warrant is executed, it could seriously escalate the political crisis,” the ICG said in its monthly conflict situation report CrisisWatch released on March 2.

The Brussels-based group also said: “The crisis could gravely destabilise the country unless both the government and the BNP move urgently to reduce tensions (as explained in our new report).”

Earlier on February 2, the Crisis Group said the first anniversary of Bangladesh’s disputed January 2014 elections saw dozens killed in clashes between government and opposition groups, and marked the start of a new phase of the political deadlock between the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP.

A Dhaka court on February 25 issued a warrant for the arrest of the 69-year old three times former prime minister as she skipped the deposition hearing on two graft charges repeatedly.


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