DHAKA – A Bangladesh courtroom on Wednesday sentenced 19 individuals to dying over a 2004 grenade assault on the present prime minister, though a prime opposition chief escaped with a life sentence.
The assault in Dhaka on a rally by Sheikh Hasina, on the time within the opposition and now prime minister left her injured and killed 20 individuals.
Tarique Rahman, son of then-premier and Hasina’s ally-turned-archrival Khaleda Zia, was amongst 49 individuals on trial, with Rahman charged with prison conspiracy and a number of counts of homicide.
Rahman, 50, has been tried in absentia after he fled the nation for London in 2008.
He now leads the principle opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Social gathering (BNP) from exile after Zia was jailed in February for 5 years for corruption.
“We thank God for the decision,” prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain informed reporters on Wednesday amid tight safety.
“We hoped that Tarique Rahman would get the dying sentence,” he stated, including the courtroom noticed that Rahman performed a key function within the assault.
Hasina was addressing the rally when the grenades exploded and suffered extreme accidents in a single ear. Among the many lifeless was the spouse of a former president.
4 years later, Hasina stormed again to energy after main a secular coalition to a landslide victory in elections in December 2008.
Two different ministers, former heads of the intelligence businesses and police and a key aide of Zia had been additionally going through dying sentences within the case.
Three Islamist extremists had been additionally charged over the assault and later executed in a separate trial.
Loss of life sentences are frequent in Bangladesh, with tons of of individuals on dying row. All executions are by hanging, a legacy of the British colonial period.
No less than 9 prime Islamist extremists, 5 leaders of the nation’s largest Islamist celebration and a senior opposition chief have been hanged in Bangladesh’s jails since 2007.
Rahman’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia stated the fees in opposition to his consumer had been politically motivated.
He questioned the timing of the decision, saying it was aimed toward protecting Rahman out of elections anticipated for December.