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First Bangladesh mutiny verdicts

In this picture taken on February 25, 2009, Bangladeshi soldiers carry machine gun shells as they gather outside the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters complex in Dhaka.
The ferocity of the mutiny took many Bangladeshis by surprise

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 29 border guards to jail terms of up to seven years for involvement in a mutiny that killed dozens of army officers.

Those convicted in northern Panchagarh district were not directly involved in the killing in Dhaka, but supported the February 2009 rebellion.

These were the first verdicts delivered by the special tribunal, which is holding proceedings across Bangladesh.

About 3,500 border guards are being tried.

More than 70 people, most of them officers, were killed during the uprising by troops unhappy with their pay and conditions.



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