Bangladesh court grants bail to ex-PM Zia in sedition case

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail Wednesday in 10 cases involving charges of arson and sedition.

The decision was announced after Zia appeared in the court in metropolitan Dhaka. She'll be free until trial under the bail conditions, a bond of $128 for each case with two guarantors.

Zia, the head of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is the archrival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Zia has faced several political challenges in her attempts to build an anti-government movement.

The sedition charge is related to Zia's questioning of the number of people killed during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan. Bangladesh says about 3 million people died during the nine-month war.

The nine cases of arson related to a previous anti-government movement that turned violent.
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