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Bangladesh to Charge 900 Soldiers for 2009 Mutiny


A Bangladesh prosecutor says up to 900 border guards will be tried for charges related to last year's bloody mutiny that killed 74 people, including 57 army officers.

Investigation officer Abdul Arkhand told a press briefing Thursday that the soldiers were directly involved in the murder of army officers and their family members.

Arkhand said they have found no evidence that any political party or militant group was involved in the mutiny. He says the investigation is in its final stage adding that the 900 will be charged soon.

The latest prosecutions will be tried separately from a parallel military investigation that is also underway.

Overall, about 3,500 troops face charges from the rebellion. Courts outside Dhaka already have begun hearing some of the mutiny cases.

Prosecutors say the mutiny was started to protest low pay and poor treatment. After guards violently took control of their main barracks in Dhaka, the rebellion spread to other paramilitary outposts, shaking confidence in the government.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, VOA Correspondent from Dhaka, has more on this.

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