Bangladesh court jails UN rights expert ahead of corruption trial Gabriel Haboubi at 3:56 PM ET
[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court jailed UN human rights expert Sigma Huda [official profile, DOC] Thursday, pending a trial over allegations connecting her to a government corruption case [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors allege Huda assisted her husband, former Bangladeshi communications minister Nazmul Huda, in extorting almost $300,000 USD from a construction company while in office. The Bangladesh Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling allowing her to be released on bail earlier in the week. The trial is scheduled to start Monday. Huda's lawyer told AP that she is being targeted for her criticism of Bangladesh's military interim government.
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