Dhaka’s Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman also sentenced 157 others, mostly border guards, to life in prison while 271 people were acquitted. The extensive case involves 846 accused, and Tuesday’s announcement has yet to be completed.
The mutiny on Feb. 25-26, 2009, took place two months after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office. The influential military was unhappy over the response of the government, which did not allow troops to attack the border guards’ headquarters in Dhaka where military commanders were killed.
Human rights groups have criticized Bangladesh for such a mass trial, saying it will not ensure justice.