Bangladesh court sentences to death 152 soldiers over mutiny

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OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani

Bangladesh's sentencing of 152 paramilitary personnel to death, for crimes committed during a mutiny, "fell far short of international human rights standards, according to the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

A hundred and sixty-one people were also given life sentences for their involvement.

Ravina Shamdashani said the crimes committed by the officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards, previously known as the Bangladesh Rifles Border Guards, during the 2009 February mutiny in Dhaka, were "very serious".

Seventy-four people, including army officers, were brutally killed, and some of the wives of the army officers were also sexually assaulted, she added.

"So, the crimes committed during the mutiny were reprehensible. And the High Commissioner has expressed her sympathies with the grieving families. But the High Commissioner is stressing that justice will not be achieved by conducting mass trials, torturing suspects in custody and sentencing them to death after trials that fail to meet the most fundamental standards of due process."

Ms. Shamdashani said the perpetrators must be held accountable, but it must be done in compliance with the laws of Bangladesh and in compliance with the country's international obligations.

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