The High Court upheld the death sentence of four militants of the banned militant group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for killing Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi seven years ago in Rangpur and acquitted one.
After hearing the appeal of the death penalty (death reference) and the defendants, Justice The High Court bench of Mostafizur Rahman and Justice SM Masud Hossain Dolan gave this verdict on Wednesday.
In the verdict, the High Court upheld the death sentence of Masood Rana alias Mamun alias Mantri (33), the commander of Rangpur area of JMB, Liton Mia alias Rafiq (32), Sakhawat Hossain (30) and fugitive Ahsan Ullah Ansari alias Biplab (24).
Ishaq Ali (34), who was sentenced to death in the judge’s court, granted his appeal and acquitted him in this verdict.
Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morshed and Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ahmed heard for the state in the court. Defendant was lawyer Md. State appointed lawyer Hafizur Rahman Khan on behalf of Ahsanullah and an absconding accused.
Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ahmed later told bdnews24.com, “The short order does not mention how Ishaq Ali was acquitted, we will look into the matter after getting the full verdict.”
Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morshed said that the prosecution will appeal against Ishaq Ali’s acquittal after receiving the full verdict.