WORLD Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for political rally attack


Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for political rally attack


15:28, October 10, 2018

A Bangladeshi tribunal has sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others to life in prison for a deadly attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


Activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party shout slogans following the arrival of the Bangladesh's main opposition leader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on October 6, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

The tribunal in Dhaka delivered a verdict Wednesday on nearly 50 cases stemming from the grenade attack 14 years ago that killed two dozen people and wounded hundreds.

Two former Cabinet ministers were condemned to death. Jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman received a life sentence. Eleven defendants were given six months to two years in prison.

Rahman's conviction on conspiracy charges related to the 2004 attack could keep Hasina in power in elections due in December. Hasina narrowly escaped the attack.

Zia is jailed for corruption and Rahman, her heir-apparent, lives in London.

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