On the morning of October 3, 2015, Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was shot dead by the militants of the banned militant organization JMB. The incident took place in Alutari area of Kaunia upazila of Rangpur.
The High Court will announce the death reference and appeal verdict of five militants of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for this murder on Wednesday (September 21).
Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morsed heard on behalf of the state in the court. He was assisted by Assistant Attorney General A Manna, Zakir Hossain Masud and Nirmal Kumar Das. Lawyer Ahsan Ullah was the defendant.
Earlier, the hearing of the death reference and the appeal of the accused started to approve the death sentence of five JMB militants for the murder of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur on September 4.
On February 28, 2017, Rangpur Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar sentenced five JMB militants to death for killing Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi.
Later the death reference (document for approving the death penalty) is sent to the High Court. Besides, the accused appealed and jailed.
Those sentenced to death are Masud Rana alias Mamun alias Minister of Pashua Tangailpara of Peergacha upazila, Ishahak Ali of the same area, Liton Mia alias Rafiq of Gabtali area of Bogra, Begum Rokeya University student Ahsan Ullah Ansari alias Biplab of Makar Rajmalli area of Rajarhat of Kurigram and Saghatar of Char area of Gaibandhar. Sakhawat Hossain. Convicted revolution fugitive. Abu Saeed (28) of Kaliganj Bazar in Pirgacha was acquitted as the murder charge was not proved beyond doubt.
Out of the eight accused in the charge sheet, two others were killed in the gunfight and the verdict was pronounced by dropping them from the charges in the case. Among them, Nazrul Islam alias Hasan alias Bike Hasan of Gajpuri area of Debiganj, Panchgarh was killed in Rajshahi on August 1 before the complaint was filed and Saddam Hossain alias Rahul alias Chanchal alias Sabuj alias Ravi of Char Vidyanand area of Rajarhat, Kurigram was killed in gunfight at Mohammadpur embankment in Dhaka after the complaint was filed.
On August 7, 2016, the investigation officer of the case, Kaunia Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Quader Jilani filed a charge sheet against the eight JMB militants in the court of Rangpur Senior Judicial Magistrate.
Later, when the case was transferred to the court of Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar in Rangpur, on November 15, 2016, judicial proceedings were started by forming charges against seven accused.
In the case, the court accepted the testimony of 55 witnesses of the plaintiff and one witness of the accused.