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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sheikh Hasina’s son returns home as Zia’s son arrested

DHAKA, : The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, who formally joined the ruling Awami League (AL) four days ago, on Monday arrived home from the US with his American wife.

Joy, who stays in the US, had his education up to graduation in India during the years the family lived in exile in India after his maternal grandfather and president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of the family members were slain in a coup in August 1975.

Each time he visits Dhaka , Joy has in the recent years been making political statements supportive of his mother and the Awami League.

His return from the US took place on the day Dhaka courts issued arrest warrants in separate graft cases against the two sons of opposition leader Khaleda Zia - Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Coco, who too stay abroad.

Tarique was also recently appointed senior vice-president of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia.

Although not a lawmaker or holding a position in the government, Tarique, who faces several graft charges and was imprisoned during 2007-08, is widely perceived as having wielded considerable power when his mother was the Prime Minister (2001-06).

The advent of the sons of the two women leaders, who are arch political rivals, has become a subject of political discourse.

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