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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Bangladesh opened trial of 800 soldiers
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On January 5, 2011, the civilian trial began for 800 Bangladeshi soldiers for alleged crimes during a February 2009 mutiny in the capital city of Dhaka. The main crimes the soldiers were charged with were murder, conspiracy and looting military weapons. The mutiny left 74 Bangladeshis dead and international groups have criticized the mass trials for lacking fairness. Six hundred fifty, and then 611 soldiers were sentenced in successive weeks in June 2011, and 430 civilians were indicted in July 2011 for their roles in the mutiny.

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