A court in Bangladesh sentenced 20 university students to death on Wednesday for their role in the brutal killing of a student in 2019 who criticized the government on social media.
The battered body of Abrar Fahad, 21, was found in his university dormitory hours after he wrote a Facebook post slamming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for signing a water-sharing deal with India.
“I am happy with the verdict,” Fahad’s father Barkat Ullah said and hoped the punishments would be served soon.
Prosecutor Abdullah Abu said that the remaining five perpetrators were sentenced to life imprisonment. A lawyer for the defendants said the sentence would be appealed.
Fahad was beaten with a cricket bat and other blunt objects by 25 fellow students who were members of the ruling Awami League’s student wing, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
Fahad had been seen in leaked CCTV footage that went viral on social media on that time walking into a dormitory with some BCL activists, in which about six hours later, his body was carried out by the students and laid on the ground.
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