A Dhaka court on Monday fixed March 28 to deliver its verdict on the much-talked-about murder case of Ekushey Padak winning photojournalist Aftab Ahmed.
Judge Abdur Rahman Sarder of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 set the date after hearing arguments of both the prosecution and defence.
Special Public Prosecutor Md Mahfuzur Rahman Likhan presented his argument on behalf of the state while defence counsel Faruk Ahamed represented the defendants.
Twenty out of 25 prosecution witnesses testified before the court in the case.
The accused are Humayun Kabir, Habib Hawlader, Sabuj Khan, Belal Hossain, Raju Munshi and Md Rasel.
Of them, Rasel and Raju have been absconding since the case was filed, while Sabuj is out on bail, and the rest are currently in jail.
According to the case details, on December 25, 2013, veteran photojournalist Aftab Ahmed, 80, was killed at his Wapda Road house in Rampura, Dhaka. A case was filed with Rampura police station accusing unnamed persons.
On March 25, 2014, Sub-Inspector Md Ashik Iqbal of RAB 3 submitted the charge sheet at the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate’s court accusing the six people.
Then on July 24, 2014, the court indicted the six accused including Humayun Kabir, driver of the slain journalist.
Aftab had a long, illustrious career, during which he served as chief photographer for the Bangla newspaper The Daily Ittefaq.