Capital punishment in Bangladesh

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Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Bangladesh[1] There has been three executions in the country in 2015, and one in 2016 (as of July 5, 2016).[2]

It can theoretically be applied to anyone over the age of 16, but in practice is not applied to those under 18.[2]

The death penalty may be used as a punishment for crimes such as murder, sedition, offences related to possession of or trafficking in drugs, offences related to trafficking in human beings, treason, espionage, military crimes, rape, hijacking planes, sabotage, or terrorism.[3] It is carried out by hanging and firing squad; authorities usually use only hanging.[2]

There are over 1,000 people reported to be on death row.[3] In November 2013, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court sentenced 152 people to death for their role in the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles revolt.[4]


  1. ^ "Death Penalty | Amnesty International". 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bangladesh". The Death Penalty Worldwide database. Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "HANDS OFF CAIN against death penalty in the world". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh sentences 152 to death for 2009 mutiny". USA Today. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.