Bushra murder: Court acquitted all accused

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Dhaka, November 15: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday acquitted all the accused of the murder case of a college girl who was killed after rape in city’s Malibagh 16 years ago.

 A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha delivered the verdict on Tuesday.  Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for the defence.

Rushdania Islam Bushra, an 18-year old student of City College, was raped and killed by assailants at her home on July 1, 2000 in Malibagh area.

On June 30, 2003, the judge of the tribunal for prevention of women and children repression in Dhaka sentenced three accused to death and a fourth to life imprisonment.

The death sentence was given to Abdul Quader, Sheikh Shawkat Ahmed Ruhul and Sheikh Kabir Ahmed while Runu Quader was sentenced to life in prison.

The High Court in 2007 upheld the verdict for Abdul Quader and Runu Quader but ordered freedom of Kabir and Ruhul following appealed filed by the convicts.

The State and the defence then moved to the apex court against the verdict. The court today passed the order acquitting Abdul Quader and Runu Quader. The top court also scrapped the State`s plea challenging the acquittals of the two others accused, upholding the High Court`s verdict.