View Full Version : Bangladesh's former prime minister Khaleda Zia 'under house arrest'

12-30-2013, 04:11 PM

Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh's former prime minister and main opposition leader, has been put under house arrest, her aides said today as police surrounded her home in the capital Dhaka.
Leaders of her Bangladesh Nationalist Party said she had been prevented from leaving her house since last Thursday after she called 'a rally for democracy' against Sheikh Hasina's Awami League government, and in protest at her refusal to allow a caretaker government to preside over next Sunday's general election.
The BNP and other main opposition parties have boycotted the election and the Commonwealth, European Union and United States dealt a blow to its credibility when they refused to send observers.
Western diplomats in Dhaka have voiced growing alarm over authoritarian measures taken by the government to suppress opposition protests and have sought to visit Ms Zia to highlight their concern. Britain's High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Gibson, is understood to have met the former prime minister earlier on Monday.
Until Monday she has not been allowed to leave her home or receive visitors at her home which is guarded by dozens of police, according to her aides, and blockaded by lorries.