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BANGLADESH DEATH PENALTY

Bangladesh's Parliament has approved the death penalty for people convicted of drug offenses or trafficking in women, the government announced Friday. The action was taken late Thursday by the 300-seat Parliament, in which President Hussain Muhammad Ershad's ruling Jatiya Party has a four-fifths majority. Ershad was expected to sign the new laws quickly. The legislation sets a minimum penalty of seven years in jail and a maximum penalty of death for drug-related crimes. Earlier, the maximum sentence was 10 years in jail.