Monday, November 27, 2017

Reading of judgment continues in Bangladesh Rifles mutiny case

A 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh's High Court Division is continuing its in-court reading of the judgment in the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles mutiny case. Excerpt from BDNews24's report:
In his observations, Justice [Md Nazrul Islam] Talukder came up with several recommendations, including an investigation into the intelligence failure of information on a brewing mutiny. 
His other observations are: 
  • Law-enforcement agencies should not get involved in commercial activities, like the BDR’s ‘Dal-Bhaat Karmashuchi’, which allowed the paramilitary force to engage in open market sales of commodities
  • Senior officers should maintain a professional relation with subordinates in line with BGB laws. The judge advised regular discussion within the force in that regard
  • Prior to the Peelkhana mutiny, senior officers had been informed of their subordinates’ demands, but a decision was pending. Such red tape must be eliminated
  • Addressing grievances should be the priority
  • Clearing any back pay as soon as possible
  • The BDR had its own intelligence wing, which failed to provide input before the mutiny. An investigation should be opened
The judges indicated on Sunday that they had reached a unanimous verdict on the appeal but that each member had separate views. According to this Star Online report,
Judges of the High Court have completed delivering their observations prior to delivering the verdict of death references and appeals in the sensational case of 2009 BDR carnage.

Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder completed giving his observation in the case and left the presiding bench Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique to deliver the final verdict, to be given around 2:30 p.m.

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