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US News Bangladesh. Twenty young people sentenced to death for the murder of a student in 2019

13:25  08 december  2021
13:25  08 december  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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In 2019, in Bangladesh, a student had been beaten to death by comrades. On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 20 young people, judged responsible for the murder, were sentenced to death. The defense will appeal.

A Tribunal of Bangladesh sentenced Wednesday, December 8, 20 people to the death penalty for the murder in 2019 of Abrar Fahad, a student who had criticized the government on social networks.

"Twenty people have been sentenced to death and five others have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Abrar Fahad" , said Prosecutor Abdullah Abu.

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The 21-year-old student was found in his dorm at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in Dhaka in October 2019.

Defense will call

"I I am happy with the verdict ", said to the press the father of the deceased, Barkat Ullah, before the court after the verdict, " I hope that the sentences will soon be executed ".

Faruque Ahmed, a defense lawyer, said the conviction would be appealed. "I am very disappointed by the verdict. It's not right ", he said to AFP.

"These are young men, some of the best students in the country" , he argues. "They were sentenced to death while there are no real evidence against some of them" , said the lawyer.

For its part, Attorney General Mohammad Abu Abdullah Bhuiyuan clarified AFP that the murder of the young man had been premeditated.

Three accused in flight

Three of the accused, on the run, were judged by absentia and all the others were present in the courtroom.

A few hours before his death, Abrar Fahad had published on Facebook criticism against Premier Sheikh Hasina who had just signed an agreement on territorial waters with India. Its publication had quickly become viral.

He had been beaten with cricket bats and other opponent objects six hours during his comrades, members of the Chhatra League of Bangladesh (BCL), university branch of the Awami league, ruling.

Individuals sentenced to death were between 20 and 22 years old at the time of the facts.

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