Bangladesh upholds death sentence of 139 soldiers for 2009 mutiny

Court sacks two House of representatives members

Bangladesh’s High Court has upheld a verdict by a trial court sentencing 139 border guards to death for their actions in a 2009 mutiny, in which 74 people, including 57 military commanders, were killed.

The trial court sentenced 152 people to death in 2013, but in response to an appeal, the High Court commuted the sentences for eight of them to life in prison and acquitted four others.

Another man died during the 370 days of proceedings before Monday’s high court verdict. A total of 846 people, mostly border guards, are facing trial.

The border guard mutiny on February 25-26, 2009, took place two months after the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, took office. Hasina returned to power in 2014.

A three-member panel of high court judges said in issuing its verdict that the border guards were “most brutal” and “cold-blooded” murderers.

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