A court in Bangladesh has sentenced three former army officers in absentia to death for their role in the killings of four cabinet ministers in 1975.
The slain politicians were close associates of Bangladesh's leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated in a military coup three months earlier.
The court in Dhaka also sentenced 12 other former army officers to life in prison for the murders of the ministers. Five defendants were acquitted.
Twenty-one people -- including politicians and army officers -- were charged in the Novermber 3, 1975, killings.
No action was taken for 21 years in the case because an Indemnity Act protected those responsible. However, the case was revived in 1996 after Sheikh Mujib's daughter, Sheikh Hasina, became prime minister and revoked the act.