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HC upholds death penalty for 5 convicts on Photojournalist Aftab murder case

Publish: 03:44 PM, 12 Oct, 2022


The High Court (HC) on Wednesday upheld the death penalty for the five men and life imprisonment for another person convicted of killing acclaimed photojournalist Aftab Ahmed in 2013.

A division bench of justices Jahangir Hossain and Md Bashir Ullah passed the order after hearing their appeal petitions.

Advocates SM Shahjahan, Helal Uddin Molla and Shafiqul Islam stood for the petitioners, while deputy attorney general Samira Taranum Rabeya Miti represented the state.

On 28 March, 2017, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 judge Abdur Rahman Sardar sentenced the five men to death and another to life imprisonment for the murder of Aftab.

The condemned convicts are Billal Hossain Kislu, Habib Hawladar, Raju Munshi, Russel and driver Humayun Kabir Molla. Of them, Raju Munshi and Russel were tried in absentia.

The lifer has been identified as Sabuj Khan. The court also imposed a fine of Tk10,000 on him.

On 25 December, 2013, Aftab of Daily Ittefaq, an Ekushey Padak recipient, was found dead at his West Rampura Wapda Road residence.

He was 69.

Driver Humayun, Habib and Billal subsequently made a confessional statement before the court that the convicts had strangled the victim to death while committing robbery in his house.

Billal looted Tk72,000 from his residence and shared the money with the others involved in the killing, according to police.

Aftab received the coveted Ekushey Padak in 2006.



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August 21 grenade attack: HC starts hearing on death references, convicts' appeals

Publish: 01:52 PM, 05 Dec, 2022


The High Court on Monday started the hearing on the death references and appeals of the convicts in a murder case over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

The hearing started at the HC bench of Justice Sahidul Karim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman in the morning.

State counsel Attorney General Abu Mohammad (AM) Amin Uddin gave his statement on the death references at the court.

A Dhaka court on October 10, 2018, sentenced 19 people, including former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, to death in the case.

The others who were sentenced to death are then DGFI Director Major General (retd) Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury, then NSI Brigadier General (retd) Abdur Rahim, Mohammad Hanif, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Sheikh Abdus Salam, Abdul Mazed, Maulana Shawkat Osman, Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman, Maulana Abu Taher, Maulana Abu Sayeed, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Abul Kalam Azad, Mainuddin Sheikh alias Abu Zandal, Ujjal alias Ratan, Hossain Ahmed Tanim, Sheikh Abdus Salam and Abdul Malek.

All of the condemned convicts were also fined Tk 1 lakh each.

Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and 18 others were sentenced to life in prison.

On October 28, the same year, the case documents along with the judgment copy was sent to the High Court for it to approve the death sentence of the accused.

The death reference wing of the High Court scrutinized and prepared the paper book of the respective case, which implies the case is ready for hearing.

On August 16, last year, the paperbook of the grenade attack case reached the Supreme Court.

Then the Attorney General applied to the Chief Justice for a speedy hearing of the death references and appeals.

August 21 grenade attack case trial

On August 21, 2004, a grenade attack was carried out on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue when the BNP-Jamaat alliance was in office. Sheikh Hasina, then leader of the opposition, was apparently the target.

Although Sheikh Hasina fortunately escaped the attack unhurt, her hearing was affected badly.

At least 13 grenades were thrown from the rooftops of a nearby building soon after Sheikh Hasina had finished her speech at the rally.

Then the two cases -- one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder -- were filed in connection with the grenade attack.

The then BNP-led government formed a one-member investigation committee comprising of High Court Justice Jainul Abedin on August 22, 2004.

As the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was later assigned to deal with the cases, they made a cooked-up story of Joj Mia and arrested him with 20 other people in connection with the incident in June 2005.

During the remand period, CID collected a false confession from Joj Mia, in which he said that he had taken part in the grenade attack in exchange of Tk 5000 following the orders of his big brothers.

On June 11, 2008, CID assistant police superintendent Fazlul Kabir submitted two separate charge-sheets in the two cases, accusing 22 people, including Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan and Abdus Salam Pintu, where Joj Mia was proven not guilty.

A court on August 3, 2009 ordered further investigation into the cases following petitions filed by the prosecution after the Awami League came to power.

In July, 2011, a supplementary charge-sheet was submitted accusing 30 more people, including Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, Abul Harris Chowdhury and the Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.

Of the charge-sheeted accused, Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, and militant leaders Mufti Abdul Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul--were dropped from the cases as they had been executed after convictions in other cases.



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Suspended DIG Bazlur Rashid gets five-year jail in graft case

Publish: 02:35 PM, 23 Oct, 2022


A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Bazlur Rashid to five years imprisonment for illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 3.14 crore.

Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-5 Jude Md Iqbal Hossain also fined the convict Tk 5 lakh, in default, to suffer six months more in jail.

The court also cancelled his bail and sent him to jail.

The court on Saturday fixed Sunday for delivering the judgment after completing arguments from the both sides.

The ACC summoned the suspended DIG and his wife for interrogation on October 20 in 20019 and showed him arrested on the same day after filing a case against him on charge of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 3.14 crore.

ACC Deputy Director Md Nasir Uddin pressed chargesheet against the ex-DIG on August 26, 2020. The court framed chagres against Bazlur Rashid on October 22.  


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7 to die, 3 get life term in Swechasebak League leader Shubhra murder

Publish: 11:57 AM, 10 Oct, 2022


A Dhaka court today has sentenced seven people to death in the murder case of Masudur Rahman Shuvro, general secretary of Gouripur upazila Swechasebak League and chairman of UCCA Limited, in Mymensingh. Besides, 3 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Judge Monir Kamal of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 announced the verdict on Monday.

The prime accused Mailakanda Union Chairman Riaduzzaman Riyad along with 19 others were accused in the case.

Those who have been sentenced to death are - Mailakanda UP Chairman Riaduzzaman Riyad, Gouripur Municipalty Chhatra Dal Joint Secretary Sakib Ahmed Reza, North District Swechchhasebak Dal members Mozammel Haque, Khairul Islam, Main Uddin, Ruhul Amin and Shariful islam Nayim.

Masud Parvez Curzon, Chatra Dal member Shariyatullah alias Shumon and Jubo Dal member Russel Miah were sentenced to life time imprisonment.

Others accused in the case have been acquitted of all charges.


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Shubhra murder: 19 accused including Mayor Rafiqul in court

Publish: 11:34 AM, 10 Oct, 2022


Gouripur Municipality Mayor Syed Rafiqul Islam, Mailakanda Union Chairman Riyad Uzzaman Riyad and 19 other accused have been presented in the court, in the murder case of General Secretary of Upazila Awami Swechchhasebak League Masudur Rahman Shubhra in Gouripur, Mymensingh.

They were brought to the court from the jail at around 10:40 am on Monday (October 10). Judge Monir Kamal of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 will announce the verdict in this case.

Last Thursday (October 6), Judge Monir Kamal of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 fixed the day for the judgment after presenting arguments from both sides.

There are 19 accused in the case, including the present mayor of Gouripur municipality, Syed Rafiqul Islam. The other accused are- Upazila BNP unit joint convener and Mailakanda Union chairman Riyad Uzzaman Riyad, Syed Taufiqul Islam, Syed Mazaharul Islam Jewel, Masud Parvez Karjon, joint general secretary of Gouripur Municipal Chhatra Dal, Shakib Ahmed Reza, Members of North District Swechchhasebak Dal Mozammel Haque, Khairul Islam, Chhatra Dal worker Rifat, Md Abu Hanifa, secretary of North District Volunteer Party, Jahangir Alam, Juba Dal worker Mojibur Rahman, Chhatra Dal worker Shariatullah alias Sumon and Judo Dal workers Russell Mia, Kamal Mia, Moin Uddin, Shariful Islam, Ruhul Amin and Shajahan Mia.

On October 17, 2020, miscreants hacked Shubhra to death at Madhyabazar Pan Mahal in Gouripur Upazila of Mymensingh at around 10 pm. Later, when the victim's younger brother Abidur Rahman filed a murder case at Gouripur police station, the district detective police filed a charge sheet against 19 people.


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7 suspended DB members jailed for 7 years

Publish: 02:40 PM, 20 Sep, 2022


A Cox's Bazar court has sentenced seven suspended members of the Detective Branch (DB) to 7 years imprisonment in a case filed over abducting and holding a businessman hostage for Tk17 lakh ransom.

Cox's Bazar District Sessions and Judges Court Judge Mohammad Ismail delivered the verdict on Tuesday (20 September). All seven accused were present in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

At the same time, each of them has been fined Tk1 lakh and additional one-year imprisonment was imposed in default.

The convicts are SI Abul Kalam Azad, SI MD. Moniruzzaman, ASI MD. Golam, ASI Feroj Ahmed, ASI MD. Alauddin Mostafa, constable Mostafa Ajal and constable Md Al Amin.

According to the case statement, in October of 2017, seven DB men kidnapped blanket trader Abdul Gafur, younger brother of Teknaf municipality mayor Moniruzzaman, from the district town. Then they remanded Tk1 crore in ransom from the businessman's relatives by threatening to kill him in "crossfire". The family agreed to pay Tk. 17 lakhs after debt negotiation. After the money was delivered, Abdul Ghafoor was released at Shamlapur on the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive road the next morning.

Following the incident, Abdul Gafur's family members informed the Army security post of the area. DB police personnel caught the microbus carrying the DB members at one of their check posts. The Tk17 lakh ransom money was recovered from them during the stop and search. At that time, DB Deputy Inspector (SI) Moniruzzaman ran away, but the remaining six people were arrested from the scene by army personnel. They were later suspended from the force.

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