Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013


2 more to walk gallows

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty of three former army personnel and life term imprisonment of eight others in the historic Jail killing case.

The three convicts who were awarded the death penalty are: Risalder (retd) Muslemuddin, Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha.

The eight convicts who were handed down life term imprisonment are: Lt Col (dismissed) Khondaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (relieved) Shariful Haq Dalim, Lt Col (retd) SHMB Noor Chowdhury, Lt Col (retd) AM Rashed Chowdhury, Maj (relieved) Ahmed Shariful Hossain, Capt (retd) Abdul Majed, Capt (relieved) Kismat Hasem and  Capt (relieved) Nazmul Hossain.

All the convicts are now on the run.

The SC came up with the order acting a government appeal challenging a High Court verdict in the case filed for killing four national leaders — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, AHM Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali — inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.

After the verdict, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star that the SC verdict will act as console for the nation as the convicted killers of the four national leaders are fugitive.

The six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain announced the verdict after turning down the High Court judgement in this case.

The SC in the verdict upheld the trial court judgement which had convicted and sentenced three army personnel to death and handed down life term imprisonment to 12 others.

Of the convicts, four– Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Farooq-ur Rahman, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda and Maj (Retd) AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed– were already executed in the Bangabandhu assassination case.

The SC in its verdict on Tuesday said the allegations of conspiracy against the convicts to kill the four national leaders have been proved.

In 2004, the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka sentenced to death Risalder (retd) Muslemuddin, Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha.

On August 28, 2008, the HC upheld the capital punishment of Muslemuddin and acquitted Marfat and Hashem. It also acquitted Farooq, Shahriar, Mohiuddin and Bazlul Huda.

  • MH Khan

    I am Feeling relieved and great. The upholding of the verdict will go a long in cleansing our conscious from the sense of national guilt and shame.

  • Iqbal Ali Khan

    Establishing rule of law is one of primary fields of attention of the present Government. This will go long way towards that end.

  • Salahuddin Jamal

    Heartiest congrats to the sacred SC for relieving this obscene albatross straddling like a Demon on the sacred of body of our beloved country!!! Grab these callous,cowards scourges perhaps hiding in foreign holes abroad whatever maybe the cost!!!

  • masud

    Is it the correct spelling of AHM ‘Quamruzzaman’? :(

    • Salahuddin Jamal

      The basic Law of English in so far as a proper Noun is concerned is that, you can spell and pronounce as it pleases you individually, race or country. Walk any global St. Roads & Highways the name; only in Bangladesh for Generations we spell HOSSAIN whereas, its normally/generally HUSAIN globally!!!

  • Mohammad Nurul Hoque

    Good justice. Should be hanged immediately.


    I feel so proud of people of Bangladesh as they are truly practicing democracy without fear and prejudice. When these killers were openly looting, raping and killing innocents in 70′s, I used to wonder if these people will ever get punished for their satanic deeds. This is true Islamic justice and I salute the judiciary of Bangladesh. Long live your spirit of pride.

  • Sandipan Khan

    The judgment could not have come at a more appropriate moment. The fight against the religious fanatics and anti-liberation elements is still on. These days Pakistan’s major political parties who were, till the other day, daggers drawn at each other are fighting a new battle. Talibans are making all possible efforts to disrupt the national election because, ‘secular and democratic’ political system is not tolerated by them. Things have come to such a pass!

  • Dev Saha

    One of the worst crime of our history. These cold murders were perpetrated to cripple the country forever. We still have not recovered from this deep wound.