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Bangladesh court sentences ex-lawmaker to 3 years in jail in corruption crackdown

Bangladesh court sentences ex-lawmaker to 3 years in jail in corruption crackdown

A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced a former lawmaker to three years in jail, in the first conviction of a politician under a recent crackdown by the military-backed government on corruption, an official said.
Shamim Osman, a member of Parliament from the Awami League party in 1996-2001, was charged April 4 with failing to appear before an anti-corruption commission to submit a statement of his assets, public prosecutor Mohammad Nabi Hossain told reporters in Narayanganj, an industrial town near Dhaka.
Judge Abdul Quddus Mia of a special court in Narayanganj convicted Osman in absentia and sentenced him to three years in jail. The sentence will come into effect when Osman is in custody, Hossain said.
Osman left the country when the Awami League's rival, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, regained power in 2001. He returned home briefly before elections scheduled for January 2007, but disappeared again after an interim government took charge under a state of emergency.
The interim government has arrested or investigated dozens of politicians and businesspeople accused of corruption and other crimes. Osman was the first politician convicted under the crackdown.


Updated : 2021-04-18 20:18 GMT+08:00