Friday, May 30, 2014

Will the Ziaur assassination courts-martial be reexamined?

Pres. Ziaur Rahman
In 1981, Bangladeshi president (and general) Ziaur Rahman was assassinated, leading to two courts-martial, the execution of 13 officers, and the jailing of 14 more. Now, according to this article in the Daily Star, there are calls to examine those trials for irregularities such as refusing to permit challenges to court members for cause. Until now, the proceedings have been cloaked in secrecy. Between 400 and 500 Bangladeshi soldiers were hanged in 1975-77.

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