Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 7:44 am
A court in Bangladesh has handed down the death penalty for 152 soldiers in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.
The Associated Press says that "the sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody."
According to Bangla News 24, some 160 others received life sentences plus an additional 10 years, and 263 soldiers got terms of between three years and 17 years. More than 270 people were acquitted. Four of the accused died during the trial.
"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.