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Bangladesh sentences 10 militants to death
ICC Note:
A court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sentenced 10 Islamic militants to death for assisting a disguised suicide bomber who killed eight people near a courthouse in November 2005. The men sentenced to death by hanging are members of the banned organization Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh — Assembly of Holy Warriors, bdnews24.com reported.”  While the government holding these men accountable for their actions is a good thing, the rising trend of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the government’s failure to curb it, is of great concern—especially as it applies to the continued persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.
06/21/2013 Bangladesh (United Press)- A court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sentenced 10 Islamic militants to death for assisting a disguised suicide bomber who killed eight people near a courthouse in November 2005…
The men sentenced to death by hanging are members of the banned organization Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh — Assembly of Holy Warriors, bdnews24.com reported…
A report by the Christian Post in December 2005 said Christians and Christian institutions also were under threat from the JMB.
Soon after the November attacks, the United States asked Bangladesh to expand its search for leaders of the JMB.
There also was concern among Bangladeshi media politicians weren’t taking the threat seriously, a report by Reporters Without Borders said in December 2007.
The report, done jointly with the Bangladesh Center for the Development of Journalism and Communication, said at least 50 journalists and 10 publications had been threatened by terrorist groups in the past four months.
The reason was supposedly anti-Islamic articles, written by journalists, “yet the government seems unable to restore confidence in the face of this new danger for the media,” the report said.
“At least 55 journalists have received death threats since September from Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, an Islamist group that has also promised to blow up eight newspapers and three press clubs.”
A March 2010 report by International Crisis Group said JMB’s links to the banned Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Toiba “remain a particularly serious concern.”
The threat from JMB is heightened by its links to other Bangladeshi and international jihadi groups and to members of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Britain, the ICG reported.

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