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Bangladesh mutiny trial sentences 152 soldiers to death

NEW DELHI – In a trial dubbed one of the world’s largest, a special court in Bangladesh handed down the death penalty Tuesday to 152 ex-paramilitary soldiers for the killings of dozens of people during a 2009 mutiny.

“They will be hanged by neck until they are dead,” Judge Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman told those packed into specially constructed court chambers in the capital, Dhaka. “The atrocities were so heinous that even the dead bodies were not given their rights.”

Of the 846 accused of killing 74 people during the February 2009 mutiny, 161 were handed life sentences, more than 250 received prison terms of up to 10 years and more than 270 were acquitted. Several also received fines for looting, trespassing, hiding bodies and unlawful assembly.