11 sen­tenced for bid on Sheikh Hasina’s life in 1989

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Sun­day sen­tenced 11 peo­ple to 20 years im­pris­on­ment for at­tempt­ing to as­sas­si­nate Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina 28 years ago at her fam­ily res­i­dence, media reports said.

The Dhaka court also handed down life im­pris­on­ment to the ac­cused for blast­ing bombs on the same day in 1989 at the house of Hasina, Dhaka Tri­bune re­ported.

The court im­posed a fine of 20,000 taka ($240) each on the con­victs — mem­bers of the Bangladesh Free­dom Party (BFP) which was be­hind the killing of Bangladesh’s first pres­i­dent and the Father of the nation Banga­bandhu Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man in 1975, the re­port said.

Judge Mo­hamed Zahidul Kabir of Dhaka Fourth Ad­di­tional Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ses­sions Judge’s Court de­liv­ered the ver­dict, the re­port said. One of the ac­cused, Lieu­tenant Colonel (re­tired) Ab­dur Rashid, had pre­vi­ously been sen­tenced to death for the mur­der of Banga­bandhu, father of Hasina, 70.

The con­victs were sen­tenced to 10 years im­pris­on­ment each in two sep­a­rate charges, a to­tal of 20 years, the re­port said.

One ac­cused was ac­quit­ted as the charges brought against him were not proved.

Ac­cord­ing to the case, seven or eight armed mem­bers of the BFP came to the res­i­dence of Bang- abandhu in Dhan­mondi arwa on Au­gust 11, 1989 on two three­wheel­ers, the re­port said.

Banga­bandhu, the Father of the nation and first pres­i­dent of Bangladesh, was as­sas­si­nated in 1975.

He is con­sid­ered to be the driv­ing force be­hind the in­de­pen­dence of Bangladesh.

Forc­ing into the res­i­dence, they hurled grenades and opened fire at the build­ing where Hasina was present, it said.

In re­tal­i­a­tion, police of­fi­cials sta­tioned at the premises opened fire at the at­tack­ers but they fled the spot, the re­port said.

Two cases were lodged and charge sheets nam­ing 16 peo­ple filed in Fe­bru­ary 1997.

In July 2009, charges were framed against the ac­cused.

Lead­ers of the rul­ing Awami League have in the past said that as­sailants have made at­tempts on Hasina’s life at least 19 times since the killing of Banga­bandhu.

Bangladesh’s Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina

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