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Bangladesh Corruption Court Sentences Former Minister, Wife to Prison


Court officials in Bangladesh say a former government minister has been sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption.

Former communications minister Nazmul Huda was convicted of accepting about 340-thousand dollars as a bribe from a construction company.

Huda's wife, Sigma, was also sentenced on Monday to three years in prison for helping her husband take the illegal payment.

A military-backed, interim government came to power in Bangladesh last January following months of violence over vote-rigging allegations.

It has since been carrying out a crackdown on corruption in which at least 170 political figures have been detained. Many have been tried and convicted by special anti-graft courts

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has the details.

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