Bangladesh jails 182 soldiers for 2009 mutiny

DHAKA (AFP) – A Bangladesh court jailed 182 border guards on Monday for their role in a bloody 2009 military mutiny, bringing the total number of soldiers imprisoned for the unrest to more than 3,000.

Scores of senior army officers were killed during an uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Dhaka went on a killing spree, later dumping the bodies in sewers and shallow graves.

The special military court in Dhaka read out the sentences against 187 border guards, handing 182 of them prison terms of up to seven years, state prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain said.

‘Among the convicted guards, 20 were sentenced to maximum seven years in prison. Five were found not guilty,’ he told AFP.

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