Two BD nationals declared innocent after 29 years in jail

Two BD nationals declared innocent after 29 years in jail

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Dhaka, March 21 – In a rare development, the High Court on Wednesday declared two people innocent after they were serving in jail for three years, twenty nine years ago in connection with a cattle smuggling case. The two are—Abdul Quader and Mofizur Rahman— who hailed from Jessore. of the two Quader is still alive while Mofizur is already dead. Before his death he could not hear the HC verdict that declared him innocent.
Following the HC verdict, the duo have secured their respect in the society as they were freed from a stigma, concerned lawyer opined.
According to the case statement, Amir Ali, lance nayek the then Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) filed a case against two local of Jessore namely–Abdul Quader and Mofizur Rahman— on charge of illegally smuggling six cattle into the Bangladesh from the India in 1986.
In the same year, a Jessore court sentenced them for five years imprisonments in the case.
They were filed appeal with the then Jessore High Court against the lower court conviction in 1987. Following their appeal, the then Jessore HC granted them bail and issued a rule why the lower court verdict should not be declared illegal.
After the HC order, the duo–Abdul Quader and Mofizur Rahman—freed from jail in 1989.
In 1989, the Jessore HC was abolished and the case record was sent to the Dhaka’s High Court. Since then the case was pending before the HC for disposal.
The Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee recently mentioned the case before the HC for its hearing. After completing all necessary formalities, the HC bench asked the parties to take part in the hearing.
The single member bench of the HC comprised of Justice Rezaul Haque concluded the hearing from the parties and set yesterday for delivering its verdict.
In its verdict, after allowing their appeal, the HC bench yesterday acquitted them from the charges saying that the prosecution has failed to prove the allegations brought against them.
Advocate Kumar Debuldey, one of the panel lawyers of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, told The Independent that the prosecution has failed to prove the allegations brought against Quader and Mofizur.
Following the High Court verdict the duo have been freed from the stigma, which was bored by them since 1986. Now, they will live in the society with honour and as a respected person.
In response to a query, he said that the case was pending before the HC for long time as the accused persons were not aware about the case and they did not show interest for its disposal.
In response to another query, he said that there is no law in the country to give compensation for languishing in jail without any offence. – Staff Reporter

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