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Mamun sentenced to three years imprisonment


A special court in Bangladesh has sentenced the owner of a television station to three years in prison for failing to submit an accurate statement of his wealth.

The station owner, Giasuddin Al Mamun, is a close associate of the family of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the country's most recent elected leader. The court ruled that Mamun had failed to explain how he had amassed wealth that did not match his legally-declared income.

Police arrested Mamun in March for possessing illegal weapons found during a raid on his home in Dhaka. Bangladesh's army-backed interim government has detained more than 170 politicians and business people on suspicion of corruption since it took over in January. The government says it wants to clean up Bangladeshi politics ahead of elections next year.

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