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Chittagong District Court awards death penalty to 14 people for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms in 2004: Chittagong District Court on January 30 awarded death penalty to 14 people, including Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ameer (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), and United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) 'vice-president' and 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms into Chittagong District in 2004 during the last tenure of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led Government. The cases were lodged with Karnaphuli Police Station a day after the arms haul at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) jetty in the early hours of April 2, 2004. Daily Star, January 31, 2014.

Government will bring back fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, asserts Law Minister Anisul Huq: Law Minister Anisul Huq on January 13 asserted that he would take necessary steps to bring the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back to the country so that they face the further process of trial. Anisul was the principal counsel for the state in the cases of killings of Bangabandhu and four national leaders in 1975 and the Pilkhana carnage in February 2009. Six convicted killers of Bangabandhu and most of his family members are presently absconding. Daily Star, January 14, 2014.

Reelection in the polls was legitimate, asserts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 6 asserted that her reelection in polls was legitimate. She also appealed to her arch-rival, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia, to shun "terrorism".

Meanwhile, Zia, on January 6 demanded cancellation of the 10th parliamentary polls and handing over power to a non-party neutral Government to pave the way for consensus to hold fair and participatory elections.

In another development, the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Canada and Commonwealth on January 6 termed the just-concluded parliamentary elections in Bangladesh "disappointing" as more than half of the seats were uncontested and the remaining ones showed only token opposition. Times of India; New Age; Daily Star, January 7, 2014.

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