INTRODUCTION: A number of people, accused of assassinating Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman, went on trial before a military court on Friday (10 July).
GV Parliament building with flag at half mast.
SCU & SV INTERIOR Portrait of assassinated President Ziaur Rahman. Visitor signs condolences book.
SV & GV People listening to prayers.
SV Prime Minister Shah Azizur Rahman leading prayers.
SV Wreaths and mourners around grave. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Prayer service. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A number of people, accused of assassinating Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman, went on trial before a military court on Friday (10 July). The seven-member court headed by an army major general began proceedings in the southern city of Chittagong. A statement issued by the Bangladesh Defence Ministry announcing the trial did not say how many people faced charges.
SYNOPSIS: This Bangladesh flag on Parliament building in Dacca has been flying at half-mast since May 30, the day when President Ziaur was killed in Chittagong during an attempted coup by an army faction.
The coup was crushed by forces loyal to the dead president and for forty days afterwards, the country mourned his death. The official period of state morning ended on Wednesday (8 July) with more prayers in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Shah Azizur Rahman and other leaders.
Since the assassination, the government has been led by Acting President Justice Abdus Sattar. An election to find a permanent president is scheduled for September. One of the candidates is President Zia's widow, Begum Rahman.