A special court in Bangladesh has sentenced 59 border guards to up to seven years in jail for participating in a massive mutiny last year that killed 74 people, mainly commanding officers.
Judge Col. S.M. Farhad of the paramilitary border security agency, Bangladesh Rifles, handed down the ruling on Thursday.
Twelve guards got the maximum seven years in jail, while 47 others got between four months and six years.
The guards revolted in February 2009 to demand parity in pay and other perks enjoyed by the army officers who command them.
The government has arrested 2,136 members of the force in connection with the mutiny and is trying them in batches. Dozens more trials are still to come.