Former Bangladesh minister sentenced to 13 years for corruption Kiely Lewandowski at 6:20 PM ET
[JURIST] A Bangladesh court Monday convicted former Home Minister Mohammed Nasim of corruption and sentenced him to 13 years in jail. Nasim's wife was also sentenced in absentia to three years for aiding her husband in accumulating property through "dishonest means." The court ordered the seizure of 12.6 million taka (approximately $183,000) deemed "disproportionate" to Nasim's declared sources of income. Nasim served as home minister under former prime minister Sheikh Hasina [party profile], who ruled the country until 2001. She and her chief rival, former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [UN profile] have both been detained and are facing trial for alleged corruption and taking bribes [JURIST report].
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