Bangladesh orders arrest of ex-PM’s son

A COURT in Bangladesh has issued an arrest warrant for a son of ex-premier Khaleda Zia over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 24 people at an opposition rally.

Government attorney Abdullah Abu says the warrant against Tarique Rahman was issued on Sunday after police charged him with masterminding the attack in central Dhaka. Zia was the prime minister when the attack occurred.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was then the main opposition politician, survived the attack. It happened just after she finished her speech.

Police investigators told Dhaka’s chief metropolitan magistrate Enamul Haq that Rahman planned the attack to eliminate political opponents. Rahman’s party denies the allegation.

Rahman has been living in London since 2008.

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