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Former Bangladesh minister jailed
Salahuddin Ahmed
Salahuddin Ahmed is one of numerous ex-ministers to be jailed
A court in Bangladesh has jailed a former government minister for seven years on corruption charges.

The court also fined Salahuddin Ahmed, former state minister for communications, 10m taka ($145,772) for accepting a bribe from a businessman.

Meanwhile, another prominent politician imprisoned for alleged corruption says that he was tortured while in custody.

Five new advisers to the caretaker government have now been sworn in to replace four who resigned earlier.

Friday is the first anniversary of the imposition of a state of emergency in Bangladesh.


Salahuddin Ahmed was arrested in February after the interim government launched an anti-corruption drive in which scores of politicians, business leaders and civil servants have been imprisoned.

Tarique Rahman outside court
Tarique Rahman faces various corruption charges

He was found guilty of accepting a bribe of 10m taka from a businessman for a building contract, which the court ordered he should re-pay.

Meanwhile, Tarique Rahman, the detained son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, has complained that he was tortured during questioning on corruption allegations.

He told a court bail hearing on Wednesday that he had been blindfolded and suspended from a ceiling on 31 December.

Mr Rahman was arrested in March as part of the military-backed interim government's campaign against corruption. He faces several charges which he denies.

"I was tied up and suspended from the ceiling and tortured physically there while being kept blindfolded," Mr Rahman was quoted by the New Age newspaper as saying.

And in another development, five new advisers to the caretaker government were sworn in on Wednesday.

The government - which has promised elections before the end of this year - is facing a public outcry over its failure to contain rising prices of essential goods such as rice.

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