HC upholds death sentences in student Momin murder case

HC upholds death sentences in student Momin murder case

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Dhaka – The High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentences for two people and life imprisonment for six others in the sensational murder of student Kamrul Islam Momin in Dhaka.Momin, 22, a student of Dhaka Commerce College was shot dead near his Ibrahimpur residence in the capital city on September 13, 2005.
After hearing the death reference of the case and the appeals filed by Habibur and Babu, the HC bench comprising Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam delivered the verdict.
The HC bench also exempted prime suspect and death row convict the then officer in-charge of Motijheel Police Station AKM Rafiqul Islam, who was sentenced to death by the lower court concerned from the charge of the case due to his death and upheld the sentences of others.
The two death row convicts are: Shakhawat Hossain Jewel and Tareq alias Zia. They are absconding.
The lifers six are: Monir Howlader, Hasibul Haque Johnny, Jafar Ahmed, Sharifuddin, Habibur Rahman Taj and Thoth Ucha Babu.
Among the six, Habibur and Babu are in jail and the others are absconding.
After the HC order, Assistant Attorney General Bashir Ahmed told reporters that the High Court affirmed the conviction and sentences of the accused as the allegations brought against them of their involvement in killing Momin have been proved beyond reasonable doubt.
In an immediate reaction, Momin elder brother Shamsul Islam Shumon told the media that they were satisfied with the higher court verdict.
“We get justice. In sometime, we were deceived by the police administration. They were trying to influence the case in many ways. We have yet to receive any help from them,” he said.
He also urged the government to implement the High Court verdict after bringing the absconding convicts back to the country as early as possible.
A group of criminals shot Momin dead on his way to college on September 13 in 2005. He was a 3rd year student of the department of management at Dhaka Commerce College and vice-president of pro-JSD Chhatra League Dhaka city unit.
On May 13, 2007 the Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) submitted the charge sheet excluding Rafiq from the list of suspects.
An objection was submitted with the court and the case was given to the Detective Branch. On March 2, 2008 the DB submitted a report that also excluded Rafiq.
The judicial branch then took over the investigation and, on October 30, 2008 filed a report accusing OC Rafiq and eight others.
The charge sheet was accepted on November 11 that same year. The trial began with the indictment of the nine suspects on October 5, 2009.
The case was later handed over to another court. On January 2, 2011 Rafiq was indicted again. The verdict was declared on July 20, 2011.
The case was then sent to the High Court the death references and appeals. The High Court began hearing the case on November 12, 2016. Finally, the HC bench yesterday declared its verdict. – Staff Reporter

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