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Mutineers may face court martial: minister

world Updated: Mar 08, 2009 00:09 IST
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More than 1,000 border guards wanted for massacring scores of their officers last week in a mutiny in the Bangladesh capital could be court martialled, the country's law minister said on Saturday.

Bangladesh police have issued warrants for the arrest of more than 1,000 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops believed to have been involved in the bloodshed in which at least 74 people were killed, including 56 senior army officers.

The country's law minister Shafiq Ahmed said the government was reviewing options for trying the mutineers after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged they would be brought to justice quickly in a special tribunal.

“Based on the investigations, we will determine the procedure for the trial of the culprits. They could be tried in a special tribunal or court martialled in an army court,” he said.

Ahmed said the mode of the prosecution would be different if civilians were found to have been involved in the massacre.

Bangladesh has arrested the alleged ringleader of the mutiny, the first in the history of the country's paramilitary border security force.