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Hasina breaks down on hearing her father's murder verdict

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina broke down and was "overwhelmed with emotion" as Bangladesh's apex court upheld the death sentence on five of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killers, 34 years after his murder

world Updated: Nov 19, 2009 20:45 IST

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday broke down and was "overwhelmed with emotion" as Bangladesh's apex court upheld the death sentence on five of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killers, 34 years after his murder.

"The Prime Minister cried after hearing the verdict. She was overwhelmed with emotion," said Syed Ashraful Islam, ruling Awami League's deputy leader.

"This verdict has established justice and rule of law in the country. Our government will act on the verdict and bring back the absconding killers wherever they are," he said.

The five, who will face the gallows, are sacked army officers Lt Col Syed Faruq Rahman, Sultan Shariar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, AKM Mohiuddin and ex-Maj Bazlul Huda.

The apex court upheld the death sentence awarded to 12 army officers by a lower court in 1998.

Sheikh Mujib, popularly called Bangabandhu, who led Bangladesh to independence in 1971, was shot dead at his home in a posh Dhanmandi area, along with his wife and three sons in a coup on August 15, 1975. Hasina was abroad at that time.

A total of 20 people, including domestic staff, were killed when the Army officers stormed into his house, but the murder charges have been brought forward only for the killing of Sheikh Mujib.

The case first came to the court in 1996, when Hasina became the prime minister for the first time. She removed legal barriers enacted by the post-Mujib military governments to protect the killers.