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Bangladesh court orders 7 Islamists executed for killing judges
Bangladesh court orders 7 Islamists executed for killing judges

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court in Dhaka Monday sentenced seven Islamic militants, including leaders Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen [SATP backgrounder] and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh [SATP backgrounder], to death for the murder of two judges [JURIST report] in a bomb attack last year. Both men shouted "All praise to Allah" as the verdict was read; earlier in the trial they had said that they would not appeal any convictions because they were prepared to die. Bangladeshi lawyers boycotted the courts [JURIST report] for two days in November in response to the murders.

As part of a string of attacks last year stemming from the militants' desire to see Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] implemented in Bangladeshi law, militants also bombed a court complex [JURIST report] in December, wounding 25 people. Reuters has more.