Dhaka mutiny: 824 charged

The charges against 801 BDR personnel and 23 civilians ranged from murder, conspiracy, looting military arsenals and aiding and abetting mutiny, chief investigator Abdul Kahar Akand said, indicating that the trial would take a year to complete.

“We have submitted the chargesheet after 500 days of investigations” following the February 25-26 carnage, said Akand. Pointing out that the killings were planned, he said the civilian accused included the controversial former lawmaker of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and a local leader of the ruling Awami League, Torab Ali.

The chargesheet in the 33-hour mutiny was filed before a magistrate at the downtown Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court. The Speedy Trial Tribunal is obligated to complete the trial in 135 days and could award the highest death penalties.

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