A 111 BDR Record Wing Members Produced at Court
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A total of 111 personnel of the Bangladesh Rifles' recording wing have been produced on Tuesday before the special court set up in the BDR headquarters in the capital's Pilkhana, to face charges of their involvement in the bloody BDR mutiny.

The charged BDR personnel were brought before the court at 12.30pm and the charges against them were read out.

Earlier in the morning at about 10.30am on Tuesday, another 337 personnel of the Rifles Sports Board (RSB) were also produced at the court on the same charges.

The court, after reading out the charges to the accused personnel, set Oct 24 as the next date for charge framing.

Last Wednesday the court accepted charges against the 337 accused BDR personnel. It also accepted charges against 111 BDR men belonging to the record wing.

Almost 70 people, including 57 army officers deputed to the paramilitary border security force, were killed in the BDR mutiny on Feb 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 the 40 mutiny cases countrywide.

On Nov 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 passed verdicts.

In the event of a guilty verdict, the maximum penalty for rebellion under the BDR Act is seven years in jail.

Judgment of crimes like murder and looting during the BDR mutiny are being tried under civill law.

Source: bdnews24.com

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