Bangladeshi court (*14*) death sentence to 14 Islamic militants for attempting to kill PM Sheikh Hasina in 2000
The convicts had hatched the plot to kill Hasina by planting a high-powered 76 kg bomb close to a floor in her constituency in the Kotalipara space in Gopalganj district the place she was supposed to handle an election rally in July 2000
Dhaka: Fourteen Islamist militants had been on Tuesday given a death sentence by a Bangladeshi court right here for attempting to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000.
Decide Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial tribunal-1 pronounced the decision as 9 of them had been introduced to the court from jail to face the trial in individual.
The remainder 5 convicts are on the run. They had been tried in absentia and defended by state-appointed attorneys.
“The decision shall be executed by a firing squad to set an instance except the regulation barred it,” the choose mentioned.
In any other case, the convicts may very well be hanged in line with the prevailing apply, following obligatory evaluation of the death sentences by the Excessive Court Division of the Supreme Court beneath the Bangladesh regulation, the choose mentioned.
Below Bangladesh regulation, the death sentences would require to be endorsed by the Excessive Court following an automated death reference listening to. The convicts are allowed to file an attraction as nicely.
For the 5 convicts who’re at giant, the choose ordered the decision to be executed after their arrest or give up.
All of the convicts are operatives of outlawed Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh (HuJI-B).
HuJI-B’s chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, who was discovered to be the mastermind of the plot, too was indicted in the case however his identify was dropped from the trial as he was executed in 2017 in one other case involving the tried assassination of the then Bangladeshi-origin British Excessive Commissioner.
The convicts had hatched the plot to kill Hasina by planting a high-powered 76-kilogram bomb close to a floor in her constituency in the Kotalipara space in southwestern Gopalganj district the place she was supposed to handle an election rally in July 2000.
Nevertheless, safety companies detected the machine forward of the rally on the spot the place the premier’s helicopter was set to land.
Days later, one other machine weighing 40 kilograms was detected from a close-by spot.
In 2017, 10 militants had been sentenced to death and 9 others jailed for 20 years every by a court in the case.
Hasina has in the previous survived a number of assassination makes an attempt with the primary in 1975 when a navy coup killed her Father and Bangladesh’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman together with most of his relations.
Hasina and her youthful sister Sheikh Rehana survived the carnage as they had been on a go to to Germany.
Hasina miraculously survived a grenade assault when she was addressing an anti-terrorism rally in 2004.
The assault claimed 24 lives and injured some 500 others.
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