B'desh court sentences 39 ruling party activists to death

| | dhaka

A court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death 39 activists of the ruling Awami League for brutally killing a fellow local level party leader four years ago.

Ekramul Haque, the upazila Awami League president, was hacked, shot and burnt alive inside his car in Feni town's Academy area on May 20, 2014.

"The court handed down the death penalty to 39 people in this single case," a prosecutor told PTI over telephone from Feni.

"All the convicts were local leaders and activists of Awami League," he added.

He said the district judge's court, however, acquitted 16 people, one being a local leader of the main Opposition BNP, though initially he appeared to be the prime accused in the case.



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