The death reference and appeal verdict of five militants of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) sentenced to death for the murder of Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur today.
Justice Md. Mostafizur Rahman and Justice SM Masud Hossain Dolan High Court bench will announce the verdict.
The hearing of the death reference and the appeal of the accused to approve the death sentence of five militants of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the murder of Kunio Hoshi ended on September 19. At the end of the hearing, the verdict was fixed today.
Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morsed heard on behalf of the state in Oidan 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 sentence) is sent to the High Court Division. In addition, the defendants appeal and jail appeal.
The convicts are- Masud Rana alias Mamun alias Mantri 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 Kurigram Rajarhat and Saghata Haldia of Char area of Gaibandhar. Sakhawat Hossain. Convicted revolutionaries are absconding. Abu Sayeed 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. They are Nazrul Islam alias Hassan alias Bike Hasan, Saddam Hossain alias Rahul alias Chanchal alias Sabuj.
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 Rangpur Senior Judicial Magistrate Court.
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 side and one witness of the accused side.
On October 3, 2015, Japanese citizen Kunio Hosei was shot dead in Alutari area of Kaunia Upazila by the militants of the banned militant organization JMB.