Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for 2001 political bombings

All of them belong to the banned group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami.

A court in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced 10 members of a banned Islamist militant group to death for a bomb attack on a Communist Party rally in 2001.

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court’s Judge Mohammed Rabiul Alam made the order in a crowded courtroom while four of the defendants were in the dock. Six of the defendants sentenced to death have absconded. The court acquitted two others who fled. All of them belong to the banned group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami.

The group considers the Communist Party an anti-Islamic force. On Jan. 20, 2001, bomb attacks on a party rally in Dhaka killed five people and wounded 50 others.

Alam said investigators found Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami’s former chief Mufti Abdul Hannan responsible for the party attack but his name was dropped from the case because he was executed in 2017. He was hanged for a separate case involving a grenade attack on a British high commissioner in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people, has experienced brutal attacks on free thinkers, atheists and liberals in recent years as some radical forces want to establish Sharia law in the South Asian country.

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