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Deposition delayed in blogger Rajib murder case

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A Dhaka court yesterday (Tuesday) deferred the deposition of witnesses in the case over the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider to May 11 as an accused moved to the High Court against the indictment order.
Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Ruhul Amin fixed the new date. However, Rajib’s father, Dr Nazim Uddin was present in the courtroom to testify as a witness.On February 15, 2013, on the tenth day of Shahbagh movement, Rajib was hacked to death near his residence in Pallabi area of the city.
The trial in the case begun on last April 18, when a Dhaka court framed charges against eight accused persons.
Later lawyers for accused Maksudul Hassan Anik appealed to the High Court against the decision of indictment passed by the lower court. The High Court is yet to dispose of the petition, that sought rejection of indictment. Additional Public Prosecutor Saiful Islam Helal and the complainant’s lawyer opposed the plea.
Rajib’s father Dr Nazim said, “I have come to the court for the third consecutive day. Who would value my time? My son has been taken away from me. Now even my time is being taken away.”
After hearing all sides, the judge said, “I am granting time today. But the next date will not be deferred. The deposition will commence despite that you don’t get a High Court order by then.”
The court further said the case would soon be enlisted as a sensitive one for quick disposal. The hearing, in that case, would be held for seven consecutive days.
All the seven accused, who are in the jail were produced before the court on the occasion of hearing.
The indicted accused are Chief of Islamist outfit Ansar Ullah Bangla Team Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmania, North South Univessity students Faisal Bin Nayeem alias Dwip, Maksudul Hasan alias Anik, Mohammad Ehsan Reza alias Rumman, Nayeem Sikder alias Irad, Nafis Imtiaz, Salman Yasir Mahmud and Redwanul Azad alias Rana. The last accused (Rana) is on the run while Jasimuddin and six others are in the jail justody. – Court Correspondent

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