DHAKA Josh Allen Bills Jersey , Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A court in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has issued arrest warrants against ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and two others in two cases filed by the country's anti-graft body.
The Special Judge Court-3 of Md Abu Ahmed Jomadar scrapped bails for Khaleda Zia, also chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) after she failed to appear in the hearing of the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases on Wednesday.
The two accused are former BNP lawmaker Kazi Saleemul Haq and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed who were also absent from the court on different excuses.
Zainul Abedin Meshbah, a counsel for Khaleda, told journalists that Khaleda could not attend for security reasons.
Police clashed with her angry supporters outside the court. Khaleda Zia last time attended the hearing on Dec. 24 last year.
On Jan. 29 John Miller Rush Jersey , the judge fixed Feb. 25 for hearing the two graft cases.
The Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka on last March 19 framed charges against Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and seven others in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases filed by Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)
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ACC filed the case in July 2008, saying that Khaleda and five others including her elder son Tarique Rahman had embezzled over 20 million taka (253,164 U.S. dollars) from an orphanage trust during her 2001-2006 term as prime minister.
In 2011, the anti-graft body sued the BNP chief and three others for pocketing 31.5 million taka (397 Nathan Peterman Rush Jersey ,435 U.S. dollars) of the Zia Charitable Trust in the name of her late husband, former President Ziaur Rahman.
Khaleda Zia's opposition 20-party alliance has been observing the nonstop blockade across the country since Jan. 5, demanding fresh elections under a non-party caretaker government system.
On top of its blockade campaign, BNP and its 19 allies including key Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party have been observing strike at regular intervals since the last month.
The alliance Tuesday extended its ongoing 72-hour nationwide strike till Friday morning in protest against what it said the killings of opposition men in the name of shootouts.
The fresh wave of violence has left scores of people dead and hundreds injured.
CANBERRA Dion Dawkins Rush Jersey , March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government is encouraging young women and girls at risk of forced marriage to develop secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan released a statement on Thursday, announcing a "how-to" guide had been uploaded to the Attorney-General's Department website which was aimed at helping young women and girls facing the prospect of a forced marriage.
The guide offers tips for girls to leave home quickly, secretly purchase cheap mobile phones and use "safe" words to confirm their identities.
The plan also encourages potential victims to save the number for the Australian Federal Police in a mobile phone under a name that won't arouse suspicion.
There is also a form prompting women to provide details including what documentation to take if leaving home quickly ( passport, drivers license Zay Jones Rush Jersey , Medicare card, marriagebirth certificate), what to do once they have escaped, including what to do when being followed and how to keep children safe.
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"This government is reaching out to the mostly young women and girls who may feel vulnerable to forced marriage because we want them to find help and stay safe."
"We will prosecute anyone found to be coercing, threatening or deceiving someone into marriage."
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BEIRUT， Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Friday that his party would not join the new government in Lebanon should Speaker Nabih Berri refrain from taking part in it.
"We won't join the next government if Speaker Berri and the AMAL Movement do not take part in it， and Speaker Berri is authorized to negotiate on behalf of the AMAL movement and Hezbollah，" said Nasrallah in a televised speech.
Nasrallah stressed "Speaker Berri is a major guarantee and everyone who disagreed with him over the presidency must realize this."
"One must thoroughly recognize the major positive role that Speaker Berri played and his delicate administration of this juncture... He could have stripped the (presidential election) session of its quorum but he didn't，" he said.
The Hezbollah chief called for the formation of a national unity government and the cooperation of all forces， pointing that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri "has said that he will exert efforts in this direction."
"After having facilitated the designation of a new premier， we are also keen on facilitating the formation of the new cabinet， but positivity， cooperation and non-exclusion are needed，" Nasrallah underlined.
Lebanon saw Monday the election of former Army Commander General Michel Aoun as president ending more than two and half years of vacuum following the end of the six-year tenure of former President Michel Suleiman in May 2014.
On Thursday， former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was asked to form the new cabinet.
He started his parliamentary deliberations on Friday in order to name his ministers.
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