Bangladesh court upholds death sentences for militants convicted of judges' murders Joe Shaulis at 7:24 PM ET
[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court [Banglapedia backgrounder] on Thursday confirmed the death sentences that a trial court imposed [JURIST report] in May on seven Islamic militants who murdered two judges [JURIST report] in a bombing last year. The men include the leaders of two banned groups: Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) [SATP backgrounder], which wants to turn Bangladesh into an Islamic state governed by Sharia law [CFR backgrounder], and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh [SATP backgrounder]. The five other men are lower-level JMB commanders. A two-judge High Court panel spent six days considering the automatic review of the death sentences.
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