Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny Case

It happened before this blog began, but readers will want to be aware that sentences were handed down on November 5, 2013 in the civilian court case arising from the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles mutiny. According to the Daily Star, there were 152 death sentences, 161 life sentences, and 262 sentences of 3-10 years imprisonment. Two hundred seventy-seven defendants were acquitted in the mass trial conducted by the Metropolitan Sessions Court in Dhaka, with both civilian and military defendants. Appeals by both the defense and the prosecution are anticipated, and the proceedings have been faulted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Thousands of other soldiers had previously been sentenced by military courts to up to seven years imprisonment on lesser charges. The paramilitary border force was renamed the Border Guard Bangladesh in 2010.

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