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Death sentences on B'desh terror convicts confirmed

The sentence, confirmed by HC bench, would be carried out unless the convicts appeal against it in the Supreme Court within 30 days.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 12:03 IST

Seven Bangladeshi Islamist militants convicted for the bombing attack that killed two judges last year moved closer to the gallows with the high court confirming the death sentences against them.

The death sentence had been imposed on the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants by a lower court and was referred to the high court.

The sentence, confirmed by a high court bench on Monday, would be carried out unless the convicts appeal against it to the Supreme Court within 30 days.

Senior assistant judges Jagannath Pandey and Sohel Ahmed were killed in a bomb attack in Jhalakathi town on Nov 14 last year.

Those convicted are the top leaders of banned JMB - an organisation reportedly having links with Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda - including its chief Sheikh Abdur Rahman and his top aide Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai.

On May 29, additional district and sessions Judge of Jhalakathi, Reza Tarik Ahmed, ordered the seven JMB men to be hanged until death. He acquitted one in the sensational Jhalakathi judges killing case.

The other convicts are JMB's Majlish-e-Shura, the top decision-making body, members Ataur Rahman Sunny, Abdul Awal and Faruk Hossain Khan [also known as Khaled Saifullah], suicide bomber Iftekhar Hasan Al Mamun and Asadul Islam Arif, who is absconding.

First Published: Sep 19, 2006 11:55 IST