Bangladesh lawyers boycott courts to protest judge killings

[JURIST] Lawyers in Bangladesh Thursday entered their second day of a boycott on the court system to protest the suicide bombings which killed two judges [JURIST report] earlier this week, as police increased efforts to find individuals suspected to have been involved in the attacks. Militants have been targeting courthouses [JURIST report], judges and other legal professionals over the past few months to demand that Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] be introduced in the democratic country. Former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru said the killing of the judges was "an attack upon the judicial system of Bangladesh," and called for the government to immediately take measures in order to prevent future attacks in the legal community. Khasru warned that a continued boycott by judges and lawyers will "paralyze" Bangladesh's legal system. A senior police office said that 20 suspects have been detained so far in connection with the bombing, and one man arrested at the scene told police the attack was carried out under the direction of the banned militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. Reuters has more.



 

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