Bangladesh jails former home minister for corruption
A Bangladesh court sentenced former home minister Mohammad Nasim to 13 years in jail on Monday for corruption, as part of the army-backed interim government's anti-graft campaign, lawyers said.
Judge Mohammad Firoz Alam of a special anti-graft court also sentenced Nasim's wife Laila Arzumand Banu, tried in absentia, to three years in jail for aiding and abetting her husband in amassing wealth "by dishonest means".
Additionally, the court ordered the confiscation of 12.6 million taka ($184,000), found "disproportionate to his (Nasim's) known sources of income".
Nasim, who was arrested in February, served as home minister in the government of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who ruled the country for five years to 2001.
Hasina and her rival Begum Khaleda Zia are both in jail, facing trial for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
More than 170 key political figures, including Khaleda's two sons and dozens of ex-ministers, have been detained since the interim authority took charge in January, following months of political violence.
The government imposed an indefinite state of emergency and banned political activity, but vowed to hold a free and fair election late next year, after completing the drive against corruption.