Attack on ex-UK envoy case: HC upholds the lower court’s verdict

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Dhaka, Feb 11: The High Court (HC) on Thursday upheld the death sentences for three and two for life imprisonment in the attack on former British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury.

A HC bench comprising Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Amir Hossain delivered the verdict after concluding hearing of appeals and death reference.

The bench on February 3 had fixed today (February 11) for delivering the verdict.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state while lawyer AKM Fayez stood for the petitioners.

In 2004, Choudhury came under grenade attack while coming out of Hazrat Shahjalal’s shrine after Jumma prayer in his home town, Sylhet.

Assistant Sub-inspector Kamal Uddin died on the spot and constables Rubel Ahmed and Habil Miah succumbed to their injuries in a hospital.

At least 40 persons, including Chowdhury and Sylhet’s deputy commissioner were injured in the May 21 attack.

Two cases — one for murder and another under the Explosive Act– were filed in connection with the grenade attack.

In the case for murder, the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet on December 23, 2008 awarded death sentence to Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami leaders Mufti Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon.

Mufti Muhibur Rahman (Mufti Hannan’s brother) and Mufti Mainuddin were awarded life term and fined Tk 10,000 each.

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