DHAKA, Bangladesh – A court in Bangladesh has convicted 14 people including two former senior officials of smuggling weapons to a rebel group in neighboring India and sentenced them to death.
Security officials had seized more than 4,000 firearms and 1 million bullets and other military equipment in April 2004 when they were being unloaded from fishing boats. According to case documents, the weapons and ammunition were destined for a former Indian insurgency group called the United Liberation Front of Asom.
The insurgents in northeastern India had fought for greater autonomy for their ethnic groups in Assam state before signing a cease-fire with the Indian government in 2011.
Among those convicted and sentenced to death on Thursday is Matiur Rahman Nizami, a former industries minister and head of the country's main Islamist opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami.