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Bangladesh stays execution of 7 militants convicted of judges' deaths

[JURIST] Bangladesh's Supreme Court [official website] has stayed the execution of seven Islamic militants sentenced to death for killing two judges [JURIST reports] in a car bomb attack last year after two of them appealed for clemency Friday. The militants, who have demanded the implementation of Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive], killed at least 30 people, including judges, lawyers and journalists, between August and December 2005.

The two who appealed for clemency will petition the court on Oct. 15; the executions will be delayed until a settlement is reached. Reuters has more.

6:43 AM ET 10/02/06 - Reuters has now corrected the number of militants whose convictions have been stayed, reporting it as four, not seven.

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