10 awarded death sentence over plot to kill Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 21-Aug-2017

Dhaka, August 21: Bangladesh court sentenced 10 people to death in a case relating to an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000. Nine others have been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

The Speedy Trial Tribunal headed by Mamtaz Begum delivered the verdict this morning. Nine others have been sentenced to 20 years jail terms over a case of explosives. Of the 25 accused in 2 cases filed over assassination attempt and explosives, the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islam Chief Mufti Hanan was executed in another case in April this year.
 
The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near where Hasina was scheduled to speak during her first term as prime minister in 2000, prosecutor Shamsul Haq Badol told AFP.

"The bomb was planted in an attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina, high-ranking leaders of the (ruling) Awami League party and dignitaries," Badol said.

Hannan tried to kill Hasina in a separate grenade attack at a rally in the capital Dhaka in August 2004, in which 22 people were killed, Badol said.

Hannan, the main accused in the failed bomb plot, was hanged in April for orchestrating a grenade attack on Britain's envoy to Bangladesh in 2004.

On 20th July, 2000 police found two bombs in a school field at Kotalipara where Sheikh Hasina, during her first term as Prime Minister, was scheduled to address an election rally. The bombs were discovered while a stage was being set up in Kotalipara, the electoral constituency of the Awami League leader.