A court in Bangladesh has convicted a former government minister of illegal alcohol possession and sentenced him to five years in jail.
A prosecutor says the former communication minister and head of the small Jatiya Party, Anwar Hossain Manju, will serve his jail sentence when he turns himself in or is arrested.
The court tried Manju in his absence. He has been missing since March when police found containers of banned alcohol, including cans of beer, during a search of his residence.
Unauthorized alcohol consumption is illegal in Bangladesh. Its use is limited to a few five-star hotels and government-approved bars.
The convicted former minister is one of more than 170 politicians and business people detained by the army-backed interim government in its campaign against corruption. Authorities say they are trying to rid the country of corruption ahead of elections expected late next year.