A Dhaka court has sentenced five people to death for killing Ekushey Padak winning photojournalist Aftab Ahmed.
Judge Abdur Rahman Sarder of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 gave the verdict Tuesday morning.
The death row convicts are Humayun Kabir, Habib Hawlader, Belal Hossain, Raju Munshi and Md Rasel. Of them, Rasel and Raju have been absconding since the case was filed.
The court also sentenced Sabuj Khan to seven years imprisonment and fined him Tk10,000, in default of which, he will have to serve extra one year in jail.
According to the case details, on December 25, 2013, the 80-year-old photojournalist was killed at his Wapda Road house in Rampura, Dhaka. A case was filed with Rampura police station accusing unnamed people.
On March 25, 2014, Sub-Inspector Md Ashik Iqbal of Rapid Action Battalion 3 submitted the charge sheet at the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate’s court accusing the six people.
Later 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.