25th May 11:36 AM
Bangladesh court sentences 19 people to death for political rally attack
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 11/10/2018
Bangladesh sentences 19 to death in political rally attack [Photo: bdtonline.com]

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 19 people to death for their role in a deadly grenade attack on a 2004 political rally in the capital Dhaka.

Those to hang include a former minister and deputy minister, both leaders of the BNP party which was then in power.

The party's current acting head was convicted to life in jail in absentia.

The grenade attack left 24 people dead at the Awami League rally.

Its leader Sheikh Hasina is now prime minister.

Hundreds more were injured in the 21 August 2004 blast as Sheikh Hasina was about to finish a speech in front of thousands of supporters.

[Source: BBC]

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