Dhaka: The High Court upheld the death sentence of four members of the banned militant organization Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the case of the murder of Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio. The court acquitted a person sentenced to death.
On Wednesday (September 21), after hearing the death reference and the defendants’ appeal and jail appeal, Justice Md. A High Court bench consisting of Mostafizur Rahman and Justice SM Masud Hossain Dolan announced the verdict.
Before this last Monday (September 19) Justice Md. The High Court bench consisting of Mostafizur Rahman and Justice SM Masud Hossain Dolan fixed today for the pronouncement of the verdict.
Lawyer Ahsan Ullah was the defendant in the court today. Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morsed was for the state.
Earlier, on September 4, the hearing of the death reference and the appeal of the accused started to approve the death sentence of the five militants.
On February 28, 2017, Rangpur Special Judge Court Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar sentenced five members of JMB to death.
They are- Masood Rana alias Mamun alias Mantri of Pashua Tangailpara of Peergacha Upazila, Ishahak Ali, Liton Mia alias Rafiq of Gabtali area of Bogra, Ahsan Ullah Ansari alias Biplab of Makar Rajmalli area of Rajarhat of Kurigram, a student of Begum Rokeya University and Sakhawat Hossain of Char area of Haldiya in Saghata of Gaibandhar. . Convicted Biplab is absconding. Apart from this, Abu Saeed (28) of Kaliganj Bazar of Pirgacha was acquitted as the charges were not proved.
Later the death reference (document for approving the death sentence) is sent to the High Court. At the same time, appeals and jail appeals were filed on behalf of the accused.
Among the eight accused in the charge sheet, two others were killed in the gunfight, so the verdict was pronounced dropping their names 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 the morning of October 3, 2015, Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio was shot dead in Alutari area of Kaunia Upazila. A case was filed against some members of the banned militant organization JMB on the charge of murder.
After taking the evidence and arguments in the case, the special court of Rangpur announced the verdict by giving death sentence to five members of JMB.