No bar to execute Mufti Hannan in grenade attack case verdict

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Dhaka, March 19: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday dismissed a petition filed by Mufti Hannan seeking review of its verdict that upheld a High Court Judgement awarding death penalty to three militants including Hannan in a case filed for grenade attack on the then UK envoy in Bangladesh in 2004.

Chief Justice Surendra Sumar Sinha led a three-member appellate division bench passed the order after hearing on the petition on Sunday afternoon.

Now it’s a matter of time to execute the death sentence of three Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji) militants as there is no legal obstacle to do so.

The two others received death sentence were Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain alias Ripon.

Mentionable, on May 21, 2004 the then British envoy Anowar Chowdhury was attacked by grenade at the shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal in Sylhet. Three people, including two policemen were killed and more than 50 people including Anowar Chowdhury and deputy commissioner of Sylhet were injured in the attack.

On December 23, 2008, the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced Mufti Hannan, Bipul and Ripon to death, and Ovi and Abu Zandal to life imprisonment for the grenade attack and the killings.

The HC, on February 11, 2016, upheld death of the trio and upheld the life imprisonment of Muhibullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Main Uddin alias Abu Zandal, also Huji members.

The Bangladesh-born envoy, barely 18 days into his new assignment, suffered minor leg injuries in the explosion on impact bouncing off his belly to the tiled floor of the shrine after Friday prayers.

On April 28 last, the full copy of the verdict was published and the defendant file appeal on July 14 against the HC verdict.

The SC appellate division accepted the appeal petition on November 15 last and fixed December 6 after hearing on the petition on November 30.

On the same day, the appellate bench fixed December 7 for the verdict.

The defendants filed a review petition on February 23 this year.

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