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152 Bangladeshi soldiers sentenced to death over 2009 mutiny
參與二00九年叛變 一百五十二名孟加拉士兵被判死刑

Bangladeshi soldiers patrol the streets in the northern town of Bogra, Bangladesh on Jan. 5.
孟加拉士兵一月五日在孟加拉北部城市博格拉街上巡邏。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

A Bangladeshi court sentenced more than 150 soldiers to death and jailed hundreds more on Nov. 5 last year, after a mass trial over a 2009 mutiny in which scores of top officers were massacred.

Some 823 soldiers plus 23 civilians appeared in a special court charged with murder, torture and other offences over the mutiny, in which 74 people were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before their bodies were dumped in sewers or shallow graves.

A judge passed the death penalty on 152 of the soldiers, who looted weapons and led the killing spree, partly in anger that their longstanding pleas for better pay and treatment were ignored.

Another 161 soldiers, plus some civilians, were sentenced to life in prison, while 262 defendants were jailed for up to 10 years over the uprising that started at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Dhaka and eventually spread to other BDR bases.

Executions by hanging are regularly carried out in Bangladesh. Lawyers for the soldiers on death row said they will appeal.

The judge acquitted another 271 people, prompting chaotic scenes in the court. Many cheered and cried out, Allahu Akbar! (God is great).

(AFP)

孟加拉法庭結束有關二00九年叛變的大型審判後,去年十一月五日判處超過一百五十名軍人死刑,數百人入獄,這場叛變導致數十名高階軍官遭屠殺。

在特別法庭現身的八百二十三名士兵和二十三名平民被控在叛變中涉及謀殺、酷刑和其他罪行,槍殺、砍死或活活燒死七十四人,屍體隨後被棄置下水道或淺墓穴中。

法官判處一百五十二名士兵死刑,這些士兵劫持武器並大開殺戒,部分原因是不滿要求提高薪資和待遇的請求被長期忽視。

針對這起自孟加拉邊境安全部隊(BDR)達卡總部開始、蔓延至其他BDR基地的暴動,有另外一百六十一名士兵和部分平民被判處無期徒刑,兩百六十二名被告被判處十年有期徒刑。

絞刑在孟加拉是定期執行的。被判死刑的軍人的律師們說,他們將會上訴。

法官宣告另外兩百七十一人無罪,讓法庭陷入一陣混亂。很多人歡呼並哭喊著「真主是偉大的!」

(法新社/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. mutiny n.

叛亂;反叛 (pan4 luan4; fan3 pan4)

例: The men were arrested and charged with mutiny.

(這些男子被逮捕並以叛亂罪起訴。)

2. massacre v.

屠殺 (tu2 sha1)

例: The gangsters massacred all the people in the village.

(這幫匪徒屠殺了全村的人。)

3. appeal v.

上訴;呼籲;求助 (shang4 su4; hu1 yu4; qiu2 zhu4)

例: Peter appealed to me for help.

(彼得向我求助。)


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