Bangladesh to hang several members of its elite security force, politician for multiple murders

A politician along with several members of Bangladesh’s elite security force whom he hired to abduct and kill his political rivals, were sentenced to death by a local court on Monday, January 16. As per The Star Online, 35 defendants who were involved in the abductions and killings of seven people in the central city of Narayanganj in April 2014 were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.



Of the 35, 26 were sentenced to death while the other nine were handed jail terms ranging from 7 to 17 years. Sixteen of those sentenced to die by hanging are members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB); the country’s elite security force. They were hired by Nur Hossain, a local councilor in Narayanganj and at the time a member of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League, to kill his arch-rival Nazrul Islam and four of his aides. A lawyer, who witnessed and filmed the abductions, was himself abducted by RAB members. He was killed along with his driver. All the seven victims were killed by suffocation. The victims’ bellies were cut open before they were dumped in a river. “We’re satisfied. We finally got justice,” Shakhawat Hossain Khan, a lawyer for the victims, told reporters outside the heavily guarded courtroom on Monday morning.
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