A Bangladeshi courtroom on (*14*) handed down demise sentence to 14 Islamist militants for attempting to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her southwestern constituency in 2000. “The verdict will be executed by a firing squad to set an example, unless the law barred it,” Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial tribunal-1 pronounced the decision as 9 of them have been introduced to the courtroom from jail to face the trial in particular person.
Otherwise, the convicts may very well be hanged in line with prevailing follow, topic to the approval of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court following obligatory evaluate of demise sentences underneath Bangladesh legislation, the choose stated. All the convicts are operatives of outlawed Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh (HuJI-B). The relaxation 5 convicts are on the run and have been tried in absentia and defended by state-appointed legal professionals in line with the legislation.
The choose ordered the decision to be executed after their arrest or give up. The HuJI-B operatives had planted a 76 kilogramme bomb close to a floor at Kotalipara space of southwestern Gopalganj on July 21, 2000 the place Hasina was supposed to handle an election rally.