The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 of Dhaka on Sunday handed death sentence to two, life term imprisonment to another convict and five-year imprisonment to Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jashimuddin Rahmani, and various terms of imprisonment were pronounced for five others on the charge of killing blogger Rajib Haider Shovon on February 15. 2013. Judge Sayeed Ahmed of the court pronounced the verdict in presence of seven of the accused while of the two death row convict Redwanul Alam Azad alias Rana, 30, is on the run.
The court, blasted heavily on the investigators of the case saying “there was negligence from their behalf” and the probe “should have been more thorough.”
Blogger Rajib, also an activist of Gonajagaran Mancha of Shahbagh movement and an architect was hacked to death on February 15, 2013 near his house in the city’s Mirpur Palash Nagar area. He was the first blogger killed so far. His body was mutilated brutally and for that his neighbours found it difficult to identify him under blood and scars left by the killers.
The judge handed death penalty to former students of North South University. They are Md Faisal Bin Nayem alias Deep, 22, and fugitive Rana. They were also fined Tk 10,000 each.
Maksudul Hasan alias Anik, 26, was awarded life term imprisonment with a fine of also Tk 10,000, in default, he will have to suffer one year more in the prison. Md Ehsan Reza alias Rumman, 23, Nayem Sikdar alias Irad, 19, and Nafis Imtiaz, 22, were sentenced to 10-year in the prison with a fine of Tk 5,000 each. In default, they will have to suffer six months more in the prison.
Besides, Sadman Yasir Mahmud, 20, was sentenced to three years in the prison with a fine of Tk 2,000, in default he suffer three months more in the prison.
These students had allegedly vowed to kill “atheist bloggers” after reading Jasimuddin’s books and listening to his sermons, the Investigation Officer said in the charge sheet. They targeted Rajib “for his blog post under the nick of Thabababa” and carried out the murder.
Mufti Jashimuddin Rahmani, the chief of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla team, was awarded five years imprisonment and a fine of Tk 2,000, in
Default, he will have to suffer two more months in the prison.