Monday, November 27, 2017

Verdict in the BDR mutiny case

Star Online reports just now that the judges of the Bangladesh High Court have completed their reading of the judgment in the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles mutiny case. Bottom line:
The High Court today confirmed death for 139 out of 152 convicts who were given capital punishment by lower court in BDR carnage case.

Among rest of the convicts, the court commuted death of eight to life-term imprisonment and acquitted four others. Another death row convict died earlier.
An appeal lies to the Supreme Court's Appellate Division.

In addition to the civilian criminal proceedings, numerous BDR personnel were prosecuted for lesser offenses in mass service-court trials in which the maximum punishment was confinement for seven years. This Human Rights Watch report provides the background.

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