Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  
Front Page

Bangabandhu Murder Case
Reading out of judgment continues

A counsel for condemned prisoner Bazlul Huda completed reading out part the High Court (HC) judgment in the Bangabandhu murder case that concerned Huda and another condemned prisoner --Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan -- on the third day of the resumed hearing in the Supreme Court (SC).

In the absence of Huda's main counsel, advocate-on-record for his leave to appeal petition Nurul Islam Bhuiya also started reading out part of the HC judgment concerning Khandkar Abdur Rashid, another condemned prisoner.

Nurul Islam yesterday read out 110 pages of the HC judgment pronounced by Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin.

Next hearing of the case will be held on Sunday.

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Tafazzul Islam with Justice Joynul Abedin and Justice Hassan Ameen as its members yesterday began the hearing at 9:00am.

Counsels of the convicts will read out the entire 757-page judgement by Justice Ruhul Amin. Then they will read out the 743-page HC judgement by Justice ABM Khairul Haque.

On Tuesday, the court resumed analogous hearing of the leave to appeal petitions of four of the condemned convicts and jail appeal of one convict. These five of the 12 condemned convicts in the case -- all former army personnel -- are in prison.

The leave to appeal petitions were filed by Huda, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Syed Faruk Rahman and Mohiuddin Ahmed after six years of the HC judgment. Another condemned prisoner, AKM Mohiuddin, also filed an appeal through the jail authorities in June this year following his extradition from the US.

The HC awarded death penalty to 12 former army personnel including these five on April 30, 2001.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. A case was filed on October 2, 1996.

A trial court on November 8, 1998, handed down death penalty to 15 retired and dismissed army personnel for the murders. The HC upheld the death sentence of 12 of them.

Apart from the five convicts, one died and the rest are still at large.

Leave petitions of the four condemned prisoners were pending due to shortage of judges in the SC since August 2001.