Bail for Bangladesh ex-army ruler

Ershad was sentenced last year to two years in prison in a corruption case.

    Ousted in a people's revolt in 1990, Ershad now heads the Jatiya Party, an ally of the Awami League [EPA]
    He was planning to contest parliamentary elections which were due for January 22, but they have now been postponed indefinitely after a new caretaker administration took over after months of popular protests.
    The former ruler sought a reprieve from the jail sentence, which was given by the lower court and confirmed by the high court earlier last year.
    Ershad seized power in a bloodless coup in 1982 and was ousted in a people's revolt in December 1990.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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