GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1)— Nineteen Bangladeshis are set to die.
A Dhaka court sentenced those involved in a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally to death by hanging on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The grenade attack occurred at an event held by current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who narrowly escaped the blast that killed more than 20 and injured 300.
Meanwhile, Tarique Rahman, the exiled son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the blast.
He’s acting chair of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and has been living in exile in London since 2008.
His mother is the opposition leader and has been serving a five-year prison sentence for corruption since February.
Meanwhile, the court also sentenced 19 others to life in prison, while 11 more received six months to two years for their role in the attack 14 years ago.
The BNP called the verdict “politically motivated,” while a prosecutor said, “This is not a politically motivated case, rather a criminal one.”