Peelkhana massacre verdict being read

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PV Desk : The High Court has begun to deliver its verdict on the death references of 152 people convicted of killings during the 2009 BDR mutiny and their appeals against the capital punishment.

A three-member High Court bench led by Justice Md Shawkat Hossain began announcing the verdict at 10:54am on Sunday.

The larger bench with Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder as the two other members was formed in 2015 to hear the case, largest in Bangladesh’s history in terms of the number of convicts.

The court will also issue the verdict on the state’s appeal for increasing prison terms to those sentenced to different time periods and against the release of 194.

The bench heard the death references, and appeals for more than a year and put the case up for the verdict on Apr 13.

Death sentences issued by the trial court are forwarded as death references for the High Court’s approval.

The Supreme Court announced the final date of the verdict on its website on Nov 12.