Saudi official Khalaf murder: SC upholds death sentence for 1

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Dhaka, November 01: The Supreme Court has upheld death penalty for one and life term for three others in the case filed over murder of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali in 2012.A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the verdict on Wednesday.

In 2012, a Dhaka court sentenced five people to death over the murder.

However, the decision was overturned when the convicts’ appeal and death reference was sent to the High Court.

In 2013, the High Court acquitted fugitive Selim Chowdhury, reduced the sentences of Md Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu and Rafiqul Islam to life in prison and upheld the death sentence of Saiful Islam Mamun.

The state appealed the decision in 2014.

On March 9, 2012, Khalaf sustained bullet in a miscreant attack in diplomatic zone in Gulshan.

Later, he was admitted to United Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on March 6.

Two days after the murder, a case was filed with Gulshan Police Station.