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Bangladesh Court Upholds Militants' Death Sentences


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.

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