The documents were received at the section concerned of the High Court around 10am Tuesday, Aminur Rahman, reader to the Rangpur Special Judge’s Court, confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
On February 28, Rangpur Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarker sentenced to death five members of a new faction of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), within 60 working days of the trial proceedings.
The convicts are New JMB’s regional commander Masud Rana, military commander Eshak Ali, Liton Mia, Ahsan Ullah Ansari Biplob and Shakhawat Hossain. Biplob is on the run while another accused Abu Sayeed was found not guilty. The trial began on November 15, 2016.
Special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik, who stood for the state in the trial, said that they had urged the authorities for speedy arrangement of the death reference hearing.
Rangpur court sources added that the four arrested convicts had collected their copies of the trial court verdict.
Defence lawyer Abul Hossain said that his clients would file petitions with the High Court against the death penalty.
Kunio was gunned down in Rangpur on October 3, 2015, barely a week after the identical killing of an Italian man in the capital’s Gulshan area.