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Bangladesh plans new anti-terror law after Islamist court bombings

[JURIST] In response to a series of deadly bombings in recent months, the government of Bangladesh [official website] plans to introduce a new anti-terrorist law to counter Islamist militants. The attacks, aimed at judges, lawyers, police and journalists, have killed 30 people since August. A bombing at a court complex in December left 25 wounded [JURIST report] while days earlier two judges were killed in another bomb attack [JURIST report]. Police have arrested nearly 800 suspects so far in their investigations, most of them suspected members of the militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The proposed new law, expected to come before the Bangladesh parliament in January, would set a death sentence for those convicted of terrorist acts and would create special tribunals to speed up terror trials. BBC News has more.

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