Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coast Guard military justice bill proposed in Bangladesh

The Dhaka Tribune reports on a bill that would, among other things, authorize the death penalty for mutiny in the Bangladesh Coast Guard:
A bill was placed in parliament yesterday keeping the provision of sentencing a person to death or other kinds of punishment for his involvement, whatsoever it may be, in revolt or mutiny. 
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal placed the bill styled Bangladesh Coast Guard Bill 2016 in the parliament and the bill was sent to the standing committee on Home Ministry for further scrutiny. 
According to the bill, there will be 21 posts including a director general in the coast guard. 
The bill said there will be three courts named Special Coast Guard court, Special Summary Coast Guard court and Summary Coast Guard court. 
On the objective of the bill, it said the present act is very brief and that’s why coast guard force has to face complexities on various occasion. That is why it has become necessary to formulate the law.
The bill is not available on the parliamentary website. The Coast Guard Act, 1994, appears here.

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