Ten to die in Hasina murder plot

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 20 Aug 2017, 12:26:01 | Updated : 20 Aug 2017, 12:29:43

Ten sentenced to death over assassination plot against Sheikh Hasina

A Dhaka court has sentenced 10 people to death over a plot to kill Sheikh Hasina in 2000.

Nine people have also been sentenced to 20 years in prison over explosives charges under the verdict delivered on Sunday by the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-2.

On July 20 of 2000, police found two 76-kilogram bombs in a school field at Kotalipara where Hasina, on her first term as prime minister, was scheduled to address an election campaign rally.

Of the 25 accused in the two cases filed over an attempted murder and explosives, Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami chief Mufti Hannan has already been executed in another case, reports bdnews24.com.

Eight accused are in prison, one has been granted bail while 15 others are fugitives, said defence lawyer Faruk Ahammad.

The court has heard 63 witnesses in the case for attempted murder, said special state counsel Syed Shamsul Haque Badal. Thirty-nine people have testified in the case filed under the Explosives Act, he said.

Seven of the accused have given statements to court under Section 164 of the CrPC, which can be used as evidence in the trial.

The bombs were discovered while a stage for the rally was being set up on the Sheikh Lutfur Rahman College ground in Kotalipara, the electoral constituency of the Awami League chief.

Hasina was scheduled to address the rally two days later.

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