UN rights chief voices 'serious alarm' at Bangladesh death sentences

AFP , Wednesday 6 Nov 2013

152 soldiers were handed death sentences Tuesday on charges of mutiny in 2009

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday expressed "serious alarm" at death sentences handed down by a Bangladesh court to 152 soldiers over the massacre of scores of army officers in 2009.

Navi Pillay called the crimes committed in the mutiny "heinous". But she added in a statement from Geneva that "justice will not be achieved" by conducting "trials that failed to meet the most fundamental standards of due process".

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