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Amnesty urges fair trials in Bangladesh mutiny

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 09:37

Washington: Amnesty International on Thursday called for Bangladesh to ensure accountability over its February mutiny and said that dozens if not hundreds suspected of involvement suffered torture.
The London-based human rights group said that suspects detained after the mutiny described torture methods including the insertion of needles under their nails and the use of pliers to crush their testicles.

Seventy-four people, including 57 senior Army officers, were killed in the bloody siege at the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in the capital Dhaka on February 25-26.

After negotiating an end to the mutiny, authorities detained thousands of suspected mutineers. The Bangladesh Rifles says 48 have died but has denied allegations that some were tortured to death.

In a report, Amnesty International voiced concern about both the mutiny and the aftermath. "This is an opportunity for the government of Bangladesh to show its commitment to the international human rights treaties that it has ratified by ensuring that those suspected of committing crimes are brought to justice under internationally recognised fair trial standards," it said.

The report said that dozens, if not hundreds, of personnel from the Bangladesh Rifles suffered torture in custody.

One woman whose husband was arrested in April told Amnesty International that she barely recognised him when she saw him at a court hearing.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 09:37
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