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More than 4,000 paramilitary soldiers jailed over 2009 Bangladeshi mutiny

(Xinhua)

09:12, August 13, 2012

DHAKA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A special court in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Sunday awarded jail terms ranging from four months to seven years to 329 border guards, bringing so far the total number of convicted paramilitary soldiers in February 2009 mutiny to 4,438, an official said.

The special court of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), previously known as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), also fined 100 taka (1.43 U.S. dollars) for each of the convicted soldiers, an official of the paramilitary force told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

According to the official, allegations against the convicted soldiers of BGB's different directorates and Rifles Sports Board include expressing solidarity with the mutineers, staging rebellion with firearms, instigation, distributing leaflets and taking no measure to control mutiny.

Some 37 of the accused soldiers were awarded with the highest seven years imprisonment term while the rest 292 convicted mutineers received jail terms ranging from four months to six years, he said, adding the court, however, acquitted seven men of the charge of the two-day mutiny at the latest verdict.

Paramilitary BDR in November 2009 constituted six special courts to try thousands of guards accused in dozens of cases in connection with the bloody mutiny on Feb. 25-26, 2009, which left 74 people dead, including 57 army officers. On the first day of the two-day mutiny, the head of BDR Maj. Gen Shakil Ahmed was shot dead by mutineers.
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