Dhaka: A special Bangladeshi court Sunday
convicted and sentenced nine border guards of the BDR linked
to the bloody mutiny last year that killed 74 people,
including its chief Major General Shakil Ahmed.
The three-judge panel headed by Maj. Gen. Mainul
Islam, Director General of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles
(BDR), convicted and sentenced nine BDR guards for up to seven
years in Rangamati district, 220 kilometres southeast of the
The convictions were the fifth series of verdicts
issued by six special courts which were constituted to try the
soldiers linked to the February 25-26 mutiny last year.
One of the border guard was sentenced to the maximum
term of seven years while eight others were jailed for two to
On November 15, the government formed the six special
courts, including two in Dhaka, to try some 3,500 BDR
personnel accused in some 40 cases around the country.
The Rangamati court was the first to begin trials for
mutiny on November 24.
Nearly 1,000 guards, who are facing more serious
charges of murder and arson during the mutiny, are still being
probed and will be tried separately.
Apart from the 57 army officers, the mutineers killed
eight civilians, eight fellow BDR soldiers and an armyman in
the two-day rebellion.
The rebellious troopers had claimed that a sense of
"deprivation" had prompted them to stage the mutiny even as
they demanded the border force should be freed from "military