Bangladesh court jails 657 rebel border guards

This verdict is unprecedented in Bangalesh`s history as a large number of people were convicted.

Dhaka: In an unprecedented verdict, a
Bangladesh military court on Monday sentenced 657 border guards
upto seven years of imprisonment for their involvement in 2009
bloody mutiny at its headquarters here.

The court, however, acquitted nine of the suspects for
want of proof of their involvement in the February 25-26
rebellion in Pilkhana headquarters, when 74 people including
57 army officers of the BGB, then known as Bangladesh Rifles
(BDR) serving the paramilitary force were killed.

This verdict is unprecedented in Bangalesh`s history
as such a large number of people have been convicted at once,
official sources said.

With this sentencing, total number of soldiers
imprisoned has gone to nearly 3,000.

"The court convicts and hands you down the
imprisonment reviewing the witnesses testimonies and evidence
and considering the other related issues. You will serve the
terms in non-military jails," judge of the court and Border
Guard Bangladesh (BGB) chief Major General Mohammad Rafiqul
Islam said pronouncing the verdict.


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