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Bangladesh ex-official jailed for aiding militants who killed judges

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Telecommunications Minister Aminul Huq was sentenced to 31 years imprisonment Thursday for aiding Islamic extremists executed in March for the murder of two judges [JURIST reports] in 2005. The militants acted as part of a terror campaign to bring traditional Islamic rule to the country to replace the current secular, Muslim system. Nearly 30 people were killed in the attacks, and since then, over 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with bombings [JURIST report].

The sentencing is just one of many recent legal attacks against former Bangladeshi government officials. On Tuesday, former Bangladeshi Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina [party profile] was formally charged with extortion [JURIST report] for alleged kickbacks she received during her tenure in office, after she was arrested [JURIST report] last week. On Sunday, former lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan was sentenced to 20 years [JURIST report] in jail for acquiring land and property through corrupt methods. AFP has more.

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