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2 to die for killing blogger Rajeeb

Update : 31 Dec 2015, 06:58 AM

A speedy trial tribunal has awarded death penalty to two persons in the case filed over the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider.

Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 Judge Sayeed Ahmed gave the verdict on Thursday.

The death row convicts are Foysal Bin Nayeem alias Dwip and Rezanur Azad Rana who is absconding in the case. The court also fined them Tk10,000 each.

Besides, the court handed down life term imprisonment to Maksudul Hassan Anik and fined him Tk10,000. In default, he will have to suffer a year more in jail.

The court also sentenced Ahsanur Reza Rumman, Nafis Imtiaz, Nayeem Shikdar Irad to 10 years in jail. They were fined Tk5,000. In default, they will have to serve six months in jail.

Meanwhile, the court awarded Shaikul Hadis Mufti Mohammad Jashim Uddin Mohammad Rahamani five years in jail and fined him Tk2,000. In default, he will have to serve two months more.

Sadman Yasir Mahmud was jailed for three years and fined Tk2,000. In default, he will have to serve two months in jail.

A total of 35 out of 55 prosecution witnesses including Rajeeb’s father, the complainant of the case, gave depositions in the case.

From Left: Foysal Bin Nayeem, Maksudul Hassan Anik, Ahsanur Reza Rumman, Nayeem Shikdar Irad and Nafis Imtiaz. Courtesy: Daily Samakal

On May 20, the court framed charges against Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani and seven former students of North South University in the case.

Earlier, the case was shifted to the Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 on May 12, from Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court for quick disposal.

Rajeeb, known as Thaba Baba to the blogging community, was hacked to death on February 15, 2013 near his Pallabi home, only 10 days into the historic movement at Shahbagh demanding the death penalty for the 1971 war criminals and a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and its student body Islami Chhatra Shibir.

A day after the murder, the victim’s father Nazim Uddin filed a murder case with Pallabi police station.

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