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04-17-2005, 11:08 PM

Bangla court hands down death penalty to 22 in MP murder case

22 people were today awarded death penalty and 6 others life sentence by a special Bangladesh court for the assassination of a popular MP of the main Opposition Awami League.

Judge Shahed Nooruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal handed down the verdict in the Ahsanullah Master murder case in a crowded court room, court sources said, adding he acquitted 2 others implicated in the case.

Of the 28 convicts, 17 were on the run, but main accused Nurul Islam Sarker, who belonged to the youth front of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was in the dock. He had earlier surrendered to the court.

Master, a popular Awami League MP, and a school boy were killed when about 20 gunmen sprayed bullets in nearby Tongi area in May last year.

(source: The Hindu)