The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 of Dhaka on Monday fixed December 31 (Thursday) to deliver its verdict in the much-talked-about blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider Shovon murder case.Judge Sayeed Ahmed of the tribunal set the date on Monday, after completion of the submission of arguments on behalf of the prosecution and defence.
Earlier, the court recorded the statements of 35 prosecution witnesses including Rajib`s father, complainant of the case, while the total number of witnesses was 55.
Blogger Rajib Haider, who was also a Ganajagaaran Mancha activist and an architect by profession, was stabbed to death on February 15, 2013, near his house at Mirpur Palash Nagara area in the capital. His father Dr Nazim Uddin filed the case with Pallabi Police Station of the city.
On January 29, last year, DB Inspector and also the Investigation Officer of the case, Nibaron Chandra Bormon submitted the charge sheet of the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka against eight accused. They are- North South University’s former students Faisal Bin Nayem alias Deep, 22, Maksudul Hasan Anik, 26, Ehsanur Reza Rumman, 23, Md Nayem Sikder alias Irad, 19, Nafir Imtiaj, 22, Sadman Yasir Mahmud, 20 and Emdadul Azad Rana, 30. The other accused is Ansarullah Bangla Team Chief Saikhul Hadith Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani. Of the accused Rana is on the run. He hails from Joylaskar area of Dagan-Bhuiya upazia in Feni district and he has been identified as the main planner of the murder.
Mufti Jasim Uddin did not admit his involvement in the murder, while other six accused made confessional statements in different courts admitting their involvement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. They told the courts that Mufti Jasim Uddin had asked them to kill blogger Rajib.
On March 18, a the court framed charges against the Ansarullah Bangla Team chief and the seven former students of the notable private university.
Militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani and seven former students of North South University are the accused in the case.
The seven students are Redwanul Azad Rana, Md Faisal Bin Nayem alias Dweep, Maksudul Hasan alias Anik, Md Ehsan Reza alias Rumman, Nayem Sikdar alias Iraj, Nafis Imtiaz and Sadman Yasir Mahmud.
Of them, Rana is on the run and the charge was framed against him in his absence. In the charge sheet, Rana was shown as the mastermind of the killing.
Rajib, an activist of the Shahbagh movement demanding death penalty for war criminals, was hacked to death in the capital`s Pallabi on February 15, 2013.