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'Trial of Khaleda Zia would be held one day on Bangladesh soil', asserts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: Accusing the opposition leader of unleashing terrorism and militancy and killing people in the name of a movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 26 said the trial of Khaleda Zia would be held one day on Bangladesh soil for the offences. "We believe in justice. The opposition leader would be charged with giving orders for killing and burning people to death in the name of a movement. Inshallah, her trial would be held on Bangladesh soil to this end, and we'll hold this trial," she said. Independent, December 27, 2013.

38 persons killed since the hanging of JeI Assistant Secretary Abdul Quader Mollah for his sinister role during the Liberation War of 1971: On December 12, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Assistant Secretary Abdul Quader Mollah (65) was hanged for his sinister role during the Liberation War of 1971. Mollah was hanged at 10:01pm. The JeI leader was executed hours after the Supreme Court rejected his petition to review the death sentence. On February 5, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) sentenced Mollah to life imprisonment. But, the Supreme Court on September 17, 2013, over ruling the judgement awarded him the death penalty.

Meanwhile, 38 persons, including 20 JeI-ICS cadres, 17 civilians and a trooper, have been killed in the violence that followed the execution. Daily Star, December 13, 2013.

31 persons killed and many others injured in BNP-led 18-party blockade of roads, rail and waterways across the country during the week: 31 persons were killed and many others injured in Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18-party blockade of roads, rail and waterways across the country during the week. In Gaibandha District, three passengers were killed and 35 others injured as four coaches and the engine of Padmarag Express veered off the tracks on December 4 after blockaders ripped up fish plates and clips from the rail lines. Daily Star, December 3-9, 2013.

24 persons killed across the country during the week: 24 persons, including 21 civilians, four cadres of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), and a trooper of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were killed during the week across the week. The killings took place in separate incidents during street violence unleashed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18-party opposition alliance. Daily Star, November 26-December 1, 2013.

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