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Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Three of­fi­cials of a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany of Bangladesh, who were charged with manufacturing adul­ter­ated drugs that killed 76 chil­dren in the 1990s, were fi­nally awarded pun­ish­ment by the Dhaka Drug Court. The cul­prits were given 10-year rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment while three con­victs were fined 2 lakh takkas each. While de­liv­er­ing the verdict, the judge said that the con­victs had com­mit­ted crimes against hu­man­ity.

The adul­ter­ated parac­eta­mol syrup caused a fa­tal kid­ney dis­ease among chil­dren. The tests on the drugs were con­ducted un­der di­rect su­per­vi­sion of an ex­pert con­sul­tant from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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