In a case of mutiny from 2009, 152 paramilitary ex-soldiers have been given the death penalty for their roles in the killing of 74 people, of which 57 were army officials, in Bangladesh. According to the LA Times on Nov. 5, Judge Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman stated that, "The atrocities were so heinous that even the dead bodies were not given their rights."
Though 152 sounds like an incredible number, a total of 846 were charged for their part in the 2-day mutiny. Of those accused, over 250 were given sentences of up to 10 years in jail, over 270 were acquitted and 161 were given life sentences. Twenty suspects still remain at large. Fines were also issued for looting, hiding bodies and trespassing.
This is only one of several trials involving mutiny charges for this particular instance. However, the chief prosecutor, Anisul Huq, said this might be one of the biggest criminal trials in the world, when figuring in the number of witnesses, people accused and victims.
The mutiny took place over two days in February and broke out when a paramilitary senior official was giving a speech and his subordinates attempted to make him their hostage. The rebellion then spread into officer's quarters, where 57 army officers were killed as well as many members of their family. The mutiny was the result of resentment and feelings that certain officers weren't being awarded the pay, benefits and respect that they deserved.
Bodies were dumped in sewers, arms and ammunitions were stolen as well as individuals' property.
LA Times notes that the government has been criticized for how they have been handling the trial. And Voice of America cites defense analyst Brigadier Shakhawat Hossain in stating that the mutiny highlights how broken the intelligence infrastructure is in the country, due to political motivations.