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Bangla govt approves death sentence for terrorists

The Bangladesh govt has given its nod to an anti-terror ordinance providing capital punishment for terrorists.

Written by Agencies | Dhaka | Published: February 20, 2009 3:21:41 pm

The Bangladesh government has given its nod to an anti-terror ordinance,enacted by the previous interim government,having provisions of capital punishment for the terrorists.

In a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,the government has approved the Anti-Terrorism Ordinance which has provisions of death sentence for terrorists,Officials said.

In yesterday’s meeting,the cabinet also okayed four other bills to be tabled before parliament during its current session.

“If any person is found guilty of carrying out terrorist activities,he or she will be awarded death sentence or life imprisonment or maximum 20 years and minimum three years rigorous imprisonment,” read the law which also empowers Bangladesh Bank to freeze accounts of suspected terrorists and their monetary transactions through banking systems.

The law suggests that if anyone commits murder inflicting grievous injury keeping anyone confined,kidnapping or damages property to create panic among the people or government,or jeopardises the country’s security,sovereignty and integrity by using explosives,arms and chemicals,he or she will be charged with terrorist offences.

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