West Midlands Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has issued a statement on the arrest of Bangladesh's former prime minister:

She said: "As a member of the European Parliament with an interest in Bangladesh, I am following the case and imprisonment of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia with interest.

  "Every citizen of Bangladesh has the right to a fair trial process, where the judiciary must be free from political influence. It is important that citizens have the right to defend themselves before a impartial judiciary, whether this maybe a ordinary citizen or someone as distinguished as Begum Khaleda Zia .

"I will continue to follow this important case as part of my interest in South Asia affairs and I hope it will adhere to international human rights standards".