A court in Bangladesh has upheld the death sentences of seven Islamic militants, including two militant leaders, convicted of killing two judges in a bomb attack last November.
The seven belong to the banned militant group, Jamayetul Mujahedin Bangladesh, which is blamed for a string of attacks across the country. The wave of bombings targeted courts and other government buildings.
The convicts have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. A lower court sentenced them to death in May.
Some officials have hinted the government would like to carry out the executions before Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's five-year term expires in October and a caretaker government takes over.
Jamayetul Mujahedin Bangladesh wants to replace Bangladesh's secular legal system with strict Islamic laws.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.