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Monday, 25 October 2010

A special court on Monday had finished framing charges against 111 BDR personnel, at the BDR Peelkhana headquarter, for taking part in the mutiny on February 25-26 last year.

The accused BDR personnel were all members of the BDR's recording wing. The court also started recording witness accounts.

The court started its proceedings at around 10:15am. The judges' panel is being headed by BDR Dhaka sector commander Col. Habibul Karim.

Prosecutor Lt. Col. Mizanur Rahman placed the charges at court and appealed the court to frame charges.

The court gave its permission and the charges were read out individually to each of the accused. All 111 pled 'not guilty' when the court asked them for their stance.

Earlier on August 10, the charges against them were read out in Special Court-6, headed by BDR chief Maj Gen Rafiqul Islam.

According to the charges, the accused were guilty of participating in the mutiny, making inciting speeches, and assisting in the murder of officers.

At least 70 people, including 57 army officers deputed to the paramilitary border security force, were killed in the bloody BDR mutiny on February 25-26, 2009.

The government sought the Supreme Court's opinion on the BDR trial process as opinions varied widely on whether the suspected mutineers should be tried under BDR, army or civil laws.

The Peelkhana rebellion later spread to other battalions outside Dhaka. Some 3,500 border guards are facing trial in some 40 mutiny cases countrywide.

On November 15 last year, the government formed six special courts, including two in Dhaka, to try the suspected mutineers. Special tribunals in Rangamati, Satkhira, Feni, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon have already handed down their verdicts.

In the event of an accused found guilty, the maximum penalty for rebellion under the BDR Act is seven years in jail.


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