A special court in Bangladesh has sentenced 50 border guards to jail
terms ranging from four months to seven years for their involvement in
a bloody mutiny last year that killed 74 people.
The verdicts announced Monday are the second since the mutiny last
February. Last week 29 border guards were sentenced to similar jail
terms for their involvement in the deaths.
Overall, about 3,500 troops face charges from the rebellion at the
Bangladesh Rifles headquarters. Fifty-seven army officers were among
those killed in the mutiny.
Prosecutors say the mutiny began in protest over low pay and poor
treatment. Guards violently took control of their main barracks in
Dhaka, and the rebellion then spread to various paramilitary outposts,
shaking confidence in the government.
We have more on this by our Dhaka stringer, Zahurul Alam.