Vastavam web: A Bangladeshi court today sentenced 11 people to 20 years imprisonment for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 28 years ago at her family residence.The Dhaka court also handed down life imprisonment to the accused for blasting bombs on the same day in 1989 at the house of Hasina.The BFP had toppled Bangladesh’s post independence Awami League government after killing Bangabandhu along with most of his family members.
“Eight of the convicts faced the trial in person and the rests including (Freedom party chief) and sacked lieutenant colonel Abdur Rashid are on the run,” said a prosecution lawyer of Dhaka Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court which tried the case.Bangabandhu, the Father of the nation and first president of Bangladesh, was assassinated in 1975. He is considered to be the driving force behind the independence of Bangladesh.
The convicts were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each in two separate charges, a total of 20 years, officials said.According to the case documents, the assailants attacked the then opposition leader Hasina’s 32 Dhanmandi residence, firing gunshots and exploding bombs. She was unhurt.Police officials stationed at the premises opened fire at the attackers but they fled the spot chanting slogans in the name of their leaders, the officials said.
Two cases were lodged and charge sheets naming 16 people filed in February 1997. In July 2009, charges were framed against the accused.In August, 10 people were sentenced to death in one of the Hasina assassination bid cases.