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Former Nepal PM, Government Minister Jailed for Corruption

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Nepal's anti-graft commission has sentenced former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and one of his ministers, Prakash Man Singh, to two years in prison on corruption charges.

The chairman of the Royal Commission for Corruption Control, Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, announced the verdict on Tuesday.

Following the sentencing, angry supporters staged a demonstration outside the commission's office in the capital, Kathmandu. Witnesses say police used batons to break up the protest, injuring several people.

Deuba and Singh were charged with embezzling millions of dollars of state money in a drinking water project. Both also were ordered to pay a fine of more than $1 million each.

Deuba called the case political assassination. Both men denied any wrongdoing and said they will challenge the verdict.
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