Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court has sentenced
59 border guards to up to six years rigorous imprisonment for
their involvement in the 2009 bloody mutiny which left 74
people, mostly military officers, dead.
The paramilitary court in southwestern Khulna handed
down sentences ranging between four months and six years, to
the rebel soldiers of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), now called
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), on mutiny charges.
The Special Court-12 of BGB headed by its Rajshahi
Sector Commander Colonel M Ehia Azam Khan pronounced the
verdict trying the accused under the BDR Act at a makeshift
courtroom at sector headquarters of the frontier force.
The court also fined each of the convicts Taka 100 as
it found them guilty of charges of February 25-26, 2009 mutiny
when 74 people including 57 army officers serving the
paramilitary frontier force were killed at its Pilkhana
headquarters in Dhaka.
The judgement came as the court earlier recorded
depositions of all 36 witnesses while the trial began with
indictment of the 59 accused on October 25, when 10 of them
confessed their offences.
Of the convicts 11 were handed down six years of
imprisonment under the BDR Act, which prescribed the highest
seven years of jail terms.