NATORE, Bangladesh, March 1 (UPI) -- In Bangladesh, 15 suspected leaders of radical Islamic groups have been charged with sedition, the BBC reported.
Officials at Natore District Court accused the 15 of trying to destabilize the country through bomb attacks on rallies and buildings. If convicted, they face possible life imprisonment.
Investigating Officer Farukh Ahmed said, "They have been in a deep conspiracy against the state and have created an unstable situation by launching bomb attacks on cultural functions and aid agencies."
Two weeks ago, eight workers of two international development agencies, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and the Grameen Bank, were hurt in blasts.
The charges came amid a recent crackdown on militant Islamists, in which 70 militants were arrested and two groups were banned.
One of those charged was Dr. Muhammad Asadullah al-Ghalib, a professor of Arabic at Rajshahi University, who reportedly was named by some arrested militants as their spiritual leader.
Ghalib heads a group called Ahle Hadith Andolon, which says its aim is to establish and popularize Mohammed's teachings. However, Ghalib denied any involvement with militant acts, the Bangladeshi Daily Star reported Tuesday.