the daily star/ann & pti
DHAKA, 20 JUNE: Ten militants of a banned Bangladeshi Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were sentenced to death over a suicide bomb attack in Gazipur Bar Association office in 29 November 2005 that killed eight people including four lawyers, and injured 80 more people. The JMB men who carried out the blast also died in the incident.
“The convicts will be hanged to death,” Judge Mohammad Motahar Hossain of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal said while announcing the verdict in a crowded courtroom.
The verdict was announced in the presence of the militants who appeared in court under heavy security. Prosecution lawyers earlier told the court that the eight convicts assisted the suicide bomber in manufacturing the bomb, provided the blue print for the attack plan and aided him at the time of the explosion. Under the Bangladeshi law, the death sentences can only be executed after the High Court has reviewed the verdict under automatic death reference hearing or through the appeals by the convicts.
JMB carried out the attack months after they announced their emergence as a clandestine outfit carrying out near simultaneous blasts in 62 districts in 2005 to make public their demands of establishing an Islamic rule of their brand in the Muslim majority Bangladesh. Earlier media reports said beyond Bangladesh territory, the outlawed JMP operated in three cross border Indian districts of Murshidabad, Maldah and Nadia in West Bengal through some 100 full time operatives.