A former Bangladeshi minister was sentenced to 31 years in prison for aiding a militant Islamic group.
Aminul Huq was convicted and sentenced in absentia by a court in the northwestern town of Rajshahi. He has been in hiding for several months.
The group, Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, has been accused of masterminding bomb attacks in 2005 that killed at least 26 people. The attacks were part of a campaign aimed at forcing Bangladesh to adopt traditional Islamic (Sharia) law.
Huq served in the post and as telecommunications minister under the government led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Also former state minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir was sentenced to 13 years in prison for amassing wealth illegally. His arrest comes amid a crackdown by Bangladesh's army-backed interim government on graft.