BANGLADESH: NINE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 1994 ATTACK ON PM HASINA
July 4, 2019:
A Bangladesh court on 3 July 2019 sentenced nine members of the main opposition party to death and handed life terms to another 25 for attempting to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago, a government lawyer said.
Thirteen people were also jailed for 10 years for their part in the attack on a train carrying Hasina in 1994, prosecutor Aminul Islam said.
At that time, Hasina was opposition leader and her arch rival, Khaleda Zia, was prime minister. Now Zia and her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are the opposition.
“The accused threw bombs and fired on the coach of the train, targeting Hasina to kill her,” Islam told reporters outside the court in the town of Pabna, where the attack happened, 160 km (100 miles) northwest of the capital, Dhaka.
(Sources: Reuters, 03/07/2019)