Appellate division upholds JMB operative Masum's death penalty

Appellate division upholds JMB operative Masum’s death penalty


The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence of JMB operative Masumur Rahman Masum in connection with two cases for bombing in Lakshmipur court in 2005.
The apex court also scrapped the High Court verdict that acquitted another JMB activist Amjad Ali in the same cases and ordered for conducting retrial of the cases against him.The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha came up with the orders after disposing of a state’s appeal against Ali’s acquittal and dismissing another plea filed by Masum against his death sentence.
The apex court also directed the prison authorities to shift Amjad Ali from the condemn cell to any ordinary block.
After the apex court order, Deputy Attorney General Shashank Shekhar Sarkar told reporters that the apex court passed the order after considering the HC order that had observed that proper cognizance had not been taken of the charges against Amjad Ali while conducting the trial proceedings against him in the cases. The Appellate Division considered this fact while ordering a retrial, Sarkar added.
It was known from the case statement that the JMB men conducted a bomb attack on the Lakhsmipur court premises in October 2005 that had left one dead and Judge MA Sufian, Bench Officer Md Shafiqullah and several others were injured in the attack.
Two cases were filed over the incident – one for murder and another under the Explosives Substances Act.
Lakshmipur Speedy Trial Tribunal handed the death penalty to Masum, Ataur Rahman Sunny and Amjad Ali in August, 2006.
Sunny, JMB military wing chief, was hanged in 2007 in another case.
Masum and Amjad Ali moved the High Court against the lower court verdict. The HC in 2013 upheld the death penalty Masum but acquitted Ali.
Masum later moved Supreme Court against the death penalty, while the State appealed against the acquittal of Ali. After hearing on the appeals, the apex court yesterday came up with the orders. – Staff Reporter


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