Trial Begins in Jessore
Wednesday, 27 October 2010

BDR MUTINY

Trial of 42 BDR personnel of the 22 Rifles Battalion accused in last year's bloody mutiny at BDR headquarters has started in Jessore.

Special court-12 presided by Rajshahi sector commander Col Ehiya Azam Khan is conducting the trial, said BDR Major Abu Basit on Wednesday.

Jessore, Oct 27 (bdnews24.com) — Trial of 42 BDR personnel of 22 Rifles Battalion accused in last year's bloody mutiny at BDR headquarters started in Jessore on Wednesday.

Special court-12 presided by Rajshahi sector commander Col Ehiya Azam Khan is conducting the trial, said BDR Major Abu Basit.

Khan is being assisted by Lt Col Gazi Mohammad Khalid Hossain and Major Touhidul Islam.

Deputy attorney general Shashanka Shekhar Sarkar is representing the attorney general.

Besides, advocate Selim Hossain is assisting the court.

The 22 Rifles Battalion commanding officer Lt Col Mohammad Habib Alam is the prosecutor in the case.

The 22 Battalion had sided with the mutineers of the BDR rebels at the border guards' headquarters at Peelkhana in Dhaka on February 25, 2009.

Jessore Kotwali police chief Abdul Kader Begh on May 13 had filed the case with the same police station accusing the 42 BDR personnel for conspiring and treason against the state.

On November 15 last year, the government formed six special courts, including two in Dhaka, to try about 3,500 suspected mutineers.

Special tribunals in Rangamati, Satkhira, Feni, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon have already handed down their verdicts.

If an accused is found guilty, the maximum penalty for rebellion under the BDR Act is seven years' imprisonment.

Source: bdnews24.com

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