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Bangladesh Court Sentences Former Minister to 13 Years in Prison


A former Bangladeshi minister has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for corruption -- the latest high profile official to get caught up in the interim government's anti-graft crackdown.

A special court handed the prison term to former Home Minister Mohammad Nasim for amassing around 184-thousand dollars (more than 10 million taka) of illegally acquired income.

The court also sentenced Nasim's wife, Laila Arzumand Banu, to three years in jail for aiding and abetting her husband. She was tried in absentia.

Meanwhile, Joint forces arrested former Awami League lawmaker of Sunamganj-5 Muhibur Rahman Manik at Jallarpar road in Sylhet while he was returning home after submitting his wealth statement at the district Anti-Corruption Commission office.

The Criminal Investigation Department of police submitted eight charge sheets against three members of banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh in connection with simultaneous bomb blasts at four cinema halls in Mymensingh headquarters five years ago.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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