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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 922

Try Bangladesh BDR mutiny case in regular court: US rights group in Dhaka

M. A. Kader – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 20 March, (Asiantribune.com): A US-based rights group on Thursday called upon the Bangladesh government to try the border guard Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny case in the country's regular courts or by special tribunal instead of any military court.

As the the border force BDR is under the home ministry not the defence ministry, the trial process should go through the normal judicial system under civilian law, not military law , Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told reporters at a briefing in Dhaka.

If be needed, the case could be tried by a special tribunal, with an assurance of protecting the full rights of the accused, Adams said.

Apart from trying the mutiny case under the regular courts he also suggested the government for ensuring an independent investigation into the BDR mutiny.

Human Rights Watch had heard reports of the deaths of two BDR personnel so far during custody, Adams said. He requested the government to ensure so that no BDR men were tortured during custody and interrogation.

On the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh, the HRW official said law enforcers had tortured many detainees in the past.

Over 1,000 BDR soldiers were sued on March 1 for conducting massacre against their officers, from the army, in the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka in February 25–26. Several score officers and some soldiers and civilians were killed in the mutiny. At least two probe body are now running investigation into the mutiny in association with the foreign intelligence agencies including an FBI team of the USA.

- Asian Tribune -

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