Bangladeshi police have clashed with thousands of protesters, as opposition leader Khaleda Zia was jailed for five years for corruption.

Ms. Zia, a former prime minister, denies misusing international funds donated to a charitable children’s trust.

The jail sentence may mean the 72-year-old is barred from parliamentary polls due later this year.

The case is one of dozens pending against Ms. Zia, a long-time rival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

She has described the charges against her as politically motivated.

The verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters.

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