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Former Bangla home minister sentenced

world Updated: Oct 08, 2007 18:24 IST

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Bangladesh's former Home Minister Mohammad Nasim was on Monday sentenced to 13 years in jail by a special anti-graft court for illegally amassing wealth.

Special court Judge Mohammad Firoz Alam also awarded three years of imprisonment to his wife Laila Arzumand Banu for aiding her husband in amassing the wealth.

Nasim, arrested earlier, appeared in court as the judge handed down the sentence under Emergency Powers Rules (EPR) at the makeshift court parliament complex.

The judgement came on the case earlier filed by the country's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) under the military-backed interim government's powerful anti-graft drive.

Nearly 200 influential politicians and businessmen were arrested under the drive. A total of 18 high-profile people, mostly politicians, have so far been convicted on corruption charges and nine have been sentenced to imprisonment for varying periods by special anti-graft courts.

Nasim served as a home minister in the ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League government.

Hasina and her bitter political rival Khaleda Zia were arrested on July 16 and September 3 respectively under the anti-graft drive launched after the imposition of emergency in January.

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