19 Nov 2009

Death sentences upheld in Bangladesh

7:50 pm on 19 November 2009

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences on five men convicted of killing the country's independence leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in an army revolt 34 years ago.

Sheikh Mujibur was slain with most members of his family in the 1975 revolt, which ended the nation's first spell of democracy.

Fifteen men, mostly former army officers, were sentenced to death by a Dhaka court in 1998 but the High Court later reprieved three of them.

Of the remaining 12, six fled and were never caught, one died abroad and the other five remain in prison awaiting execution.

Sheikh Mujibur's daughter Sheikh Hasina is now prime minister.