DHAKA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A special court of Bangladesh's border guards Tuesday sentenced 23 personnel of the paramilitary force to different terms of rigorous imprisonment for the February 2009 mutiny involvement.
In the eight verdict involving charges linked to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny of Feb. 25- 26, 2009 which took place in BDR headquarters in capital Dhaka, the special court also fined 100 taka (1.43 U.S. dollars) for each of the 23 soldiers of 31 Rifles Battalion, a senior BDR official in Dhaka said.
Requesting to be unnamed, he said the special court in the country's Lalmonirhat district, some 343 km northwest of capital Dhaka, sentenced two soldiers to five years while the remaining 21 were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for different terms ranging from four months to four years.
With the Tuesday's latest verdict, the official said, "the number of BDR soldiers who were accused and sentenced to different terms of imprisonment for the February 2009 mutiny involvement stood at 273."
The Bangladeshi government decided to try the accused for offenses like killings, attempt to murder, looting and arson committed during mutiny, which killed 74 people, including 57 officers deputed from the Army, at the speedy trial tribunal under the penal code.
Other offenses like breach of discipline and defying superiors' orders at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka and other stations of the force across the country will be tried under the BDR laws.