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Bangladeshi former communications minister sentenced in jail
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16:40, August 27, 2007

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A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced Bangladeshi former communications minister Nazmul Huda to seven years in jail for a 24 million taka (about 343,000 U.S. dollars ) bribery case.

Judge Amar Kumar Roy of the Special Judge's Court-2 of Dhaka convicted Nazmul Huda of taking 24 million taka in three bank cheques in bribe from Mir Zahir Hossain, managing director of construction firm Mir Akhtar Hossain Ltd.

Huda had taken the bribe in exchange for awarding Hossain five contracts under the Roads and Highways Department run by the former communications ministry.

Huda, who was communications minister from 2001 to 2006 when Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia was in power, has been fined 25 million taka (about 357,000 U. S. dollars) or he has to serve one more year in jail.

The court also ordered authorities to confiscate 24 million taka he had taken in bribe.

Huda was arrested in February this year for corruption charges.

Source: Xinhua

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