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).
1. mutiny n.
叛亂；反叛 (pan4 luan4; fan3 pan4)
例: The men were arrested and charged with mutiny.
2. massacre v.
屠殺 (tu2 sha1)
例: The gangsters massacred all the people in the village.
3. appeal v.
上訴；呼籲；求助 (shang4 su4; hu1 yu4; qiu2 zhu4)
例: Peter appealed to me for help.