In 1998 Abdul Majed was sentenced in absentia to death along with a dozen other army officers over the murders of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and members of his family. Majed who is believed to have fled to India in 1996, returned to Bangladesh last month.
Jail sentence of ailing former prime minister and opposition leader will be suspended and she will be released for a period of six months, Law Minister Anisul Huq says.
Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won Sunday's violence-marred election with 288 seats, enabling it to form a government. The opposition has rejected the result and called for a new vote.
The opposition rejected the results of the parliamentary polls, but local television channels have called the election in favour of the incumbent prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.
Clashes between supporters of the ruling party and opposition and the use of force by the police resulted in the deaths of at least 18 people on election day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is widely expected to win a record fourth term in a vote that is dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win fourth term in Sunday's contest, but press freedom continues to be curtailed and the opposition leaders are jailed on whimsical grounds.
Bangladesh has also ordered the shutdown of high-speed mobile internet services ahead of this weekend's national election, local media reports, while the US and UN have expressed concerns over the looming polls.
While opposition parties have cried foul over transparency concerns, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking a third straight term and a record fourth in all, shrugs off the complaints.
Secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and oppsotion spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, urges the country's figurehead president to appoint a neutral person to the post of chief election commissioner.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina heads to the polls in Bangladesh this week on course for a historic victory, while her ailing opponent faces an uncertain future in a colonial-era Dhaka jail.
Weeks before crucial elections, senior military officers voice uncharacteristic support for the governing Awami League despite a history of tense relations.
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