Bangladesh Court Convicts Soldiers Over Mutiny

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 152 soldiers to death in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.

Bangla News 24 reports that life sentences plus an additional 10 years were handed to 160 others, and terms of between three years and 17 years to 263 soldiers; 271 others were acquitted. Four of the accused died during the trial.

The BBC notes that the soldiers have already been jailed by military tribunals for the mutiny over better pay and working conditions. Here’s more:

The 30-hour uprising over pay and other grievances broke out in Dhaka and left 74 people dead, 57 of them officers.

The mutiny began at the Bangladeshi Rifles Headquarters in the capital. Senior officers were killed and their bodies dumped in sewers and shallow graves.

The revolt spread to other army bases around the country before being put down. Nearly 6,000 soldiers have already been jailed by military courts.

Many soldiers who packed into the special civilian court in Dhaka on Tuesday were charged with murder, torture, conspiracy and other offences.

The judge in the case called the incidents committed “heinous,” but added the soldiers should get better pay and benefits.

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