Bangladesh court sentences 19 to death over 2004 attack

Dhaka, Bangladesh – A Dhaka court docket has passed down loss of life penalty to 19 other people, together with two former ministers, and sentenced a best opposition chief to existence imprisonment over a 2004 assault at the present Top Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The particular court docket awarded existence imprisonment to Tarique Rahman, exiled son of former Top Minister Khaleda Zia.

Zia is already languishing inside of a Dhaka prison following her conviction in a corruption case, which got here upfront of the rustic’s basic election scheduled to be held by means of the tip of the yr.

Rahman, who’s the appearing chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Celebration (BNP), was once jailed for 10 years in absentia in the similar corruption case as her mom. He has been residing in exile in London since 2008.

The safety in and across the particular tribunal within the capital, Dhaka, was once beefed up expecting protests from BNP leaders and activists.

Senior BNP leaders, together with former State Minister of House Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar and previous Deputy Minister of Training Abdus Salam Pintu, got capital punishment for hatching the plot to assassinate Hasina.

2004 assault

The “August 21 grenade assault case”, as it’s recognized in Bangladesh, pertains to the fatal assault on a rally organised by means of Hasina’s Awami League (AL) in Dhaka in 2004 when she was once the opposition chief.

Hasina narrowly survived the assault after a few of her birthday celebration leaders shaped a human defend round her, however as much as 20 other people had been killed, together with best AL chief Ivy Rahman.

The case paperwork stated the assault was once a “meticulously designed plot” to assassinate Hasina hatched by means of the BNP.

The BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami coalition executive, which was once in energy on the time of the assault, was once accused of scuttling the investigation to give protection to the masterminds.

In step with the paperwork submitted by means of the prosecution, the assault was once performed by means of the armed crew, Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI).

Mentioning the alleged involvement of Mufti Abdul Hannan, the prosecution additionally alleged the aim of the assault was once to determine “enthusiast Islam” within the south Asian nation.

Hannan, a senior HuJI chief accused of a couple of assaults in Bangladesh, was once carried out ultimate yr.

The BNP alleges that Hasina is crushing dissent and striking competitors in the back of bars to enhance her re-election bid.

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