Bangladeshi courtroom offers dying sentence to 14 Islamic militants for trying 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 within the Kotalipara space in Gopalganj district the place she was supposed to handle an election rally in July 2000
Dhaka: Fourteen Islamist militants have been on Tuesday given a dying sentence by a Bangladeshi courtroom right here for trying to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000.
Choose Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial tribunal-1 pronounced the decision as 9 of them have been dropped at the courtroom from jail to face the trial in particular person.
The remaining 5 convicts are on the run. They have been tried in absentia and defended by state-appointed legal professionals.
“The decision will likely be executed by a firing squad to set an instance until the legislation barred it,” the decide mentioned.
In any other case, the convicts may very well be hanged in keeping with the prevailing follow, following obligatory assessment of the dying sentences by the Excessive Court docket Division of the Supreme Court docket below the Bangladesh legislation, the decide mentioned.
Underneath Bangladesh legislation, the dying sentences would require to be endorsed by the Excessive Court docket following an automated dying reference listening to. The convicts are allowed to file an attraction as nicely.
For the 5 convicts who’re at giant, the decide 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 within the case however his title 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 within 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 system forward of the rally on the spot the place the premier’s helicopter was set to land.
Days later, one other system weighing 40 kilograms was detected from a close-by spot.
In 2017, 10 militants have been sentenced to dying and 9 others jailed for 20 years every by a courtroom within the case.
Hasina has prior to now 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 have 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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