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Bangladesh court sentences 6 to jail for making fake paracetamol syrup for children

A court in Bangladesh's capital has sentenced six officials of a now-dissolved drug company to 10 years in jail for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that reportedly killed hundreds of children who developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s.

Judge M. Atoar Rahman found them all guilty, but only one senior official of BCI Pharmaceuticals (Bangladesh) was in court for Monday's verdict. The rest were tried in absentia because they have been on the run since they were charged in 2009.

Authorities have said hundreds of children died after consuming the medicine. At least 76 died in 1992 alone. Prosecutors said the medicine contained a toxic chemical usually used in leather manufacturing.