Tuesday, June 07, 2005

BANGLADESH: Rantburg on the Bidisha saga!

On today's Jerry: Gold-digging Banglababes and the ex-dictators who love them!

A day after landing his wife in court on charges of theft, former Bangladesh dictator Hussain Mohammad Ershad flew out of the country Monday, denouncing the mother of his only son as a bigamist. “She cheated me. She has got two husbands,” the one-time military strongman, now 77, told a large crowd of reporters at Dhaka’s Zia International airport en route to Saudia Arabia.

"I am going to Arabia, and you all can go to hell!"

Ershad said he believed his wife was a bigamist because she had named her former husband as her spouse in a 2002 passport application. “She didn’t divorce her former husband ... I divorced her on June 3,” he added, without giving details of any official divorce proceedings.

"I never even knew I had a husband-in-law! I'm an ex-dictator! She can't do that to me!"

Ershad’s secretary Khaled Akhter told AFP that Ershad believed his second wife had not divorced her British husband, Peter Wilson. “He (Ershad) divorced her on Friday,” he said, also declining to elaborate. On Sunday, Bidisha Ershad, 35, collapsed in court when she appeared to face allegations of theft, criminal damage, and making threats to Ershad’s life. Police arrested her on Saturday after Ershad accused her of stealing money and ornaments, damaging property, and threatening to kill him. Her lawyers said the second wife of the former president was the victim of a “deep conspiracy”.

"Yeah! It's a deep-laid plot if I ever saw one!

Television newscasts on Saturday showed dramatic scenes of her threatening to throw herself from an upper storey of her apartment building before police managed to take her into custody.

"Jump! Jump!"

Their deteriorating relationship has been making headlines in recent weeks in Bangladeshi newspapers. On Thursday, Ershad, Bangladesh’s military ruler between 1982 and 1990, expelled his wife from his centrist Jatiya Party, the third largest party in parliament. The couple married five years ago after a long affair. As well as a young son with Ershad, Bidisha Ershad has two sons with her former husband Wilson.

"Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!"