Bangladesh court hands down life sentences in 2005 bombings trial

[JURIST] Seven Islamic militants involved in multiple bombing attacks on a town in northwestern Bangladesh were sentenced to life in prison by a Bangladeshi court Thursday. The attacks were part of a larger bombing plot [JURIST report; BBC report] allegedly organized by the Islamic group Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) [SATP backgrounder] that set off more than 400 bombs nearly simultaneously throughout the country in 2005. No one was injured in the five bombings orchestrated by the seven men sentenced Thursday.

Six top JMB members were executed by hanging last year after the Bangladesh High Court in 2006 confirmed death sentences imposed by a trial court for the murder of two judges [JURIST reports] during the bombings. In 2006, three other JMB members were sentenced to death [JURIST report] and five others sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in the bombings. AP has more.

 

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