SC stays acquittal of 11 persons in Ahsanullah Master murder case

SC stays acquittal of 11 persons in Ahsanullah Master murder case

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Dhaka, – The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a High Court order acquitting 11 people in the Awami League leader Ahsanullah Master killing case until July 14, Unb news agency reported.
Chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique issued the stay order following a government petition against the HC order, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.On Monday, the government filed the appeal before the Appellate Division of the SC bench concerned seeking a stay order on the acquittal of the 11 convicts.
Earlier, on June 15, the HC upheld the death sentences of six convicts, commuted that of seven to life term jail and acquitted 11 people from the charges in the murder case.
The acquitted convicts are Amir Hossain, Boro Jahangir, son of Nur Hossain, Foysal (fugitive), Lokman Hossain Bulu, Rony Fakir (fugitive), Khokon (fugitive), Dulal Mia, Rakibuddin Sarkar alias Pappu Sarkar, Aiyub Ali, Jahangir, son of Meher Ali and Monir.
Of them, Rakibuddin, Aiyub, Jahangir and Monir were awarded life term imprisonment in the case.
Criminals shot Ahsanullah Master, a former Awami League MP, to death at a rally at MA Mazid Miah High School ground at Tongi of Gazipur on May 7 2004.
The following day, victim’s brother Matiur Rahman filed a case with Tongi Police Station against 17 people.
A speedy trial tribunal on April 16, 2005 sentenced 22 people, including BNP leader Nurul Islam Sarkar, to death and six others to life imprisonment in the murder case.
Of them, two convicts died during the trial proceedings while 17 are currently behind the bars and nine others are on the run.
The convicts later appealed to the HC against the sentences.

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