The 1,564 page text of the verdict was released online after Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam, the two judges of the bench, who passed the order, signed it
The High Court on Monday released the full text of the verdict in the sensational seven-murder case of Narayanganj over a year after the judgment was passed.
The High Court upheld the death sentences of 15 convicts, including the main accused Noor Hossain, dismissed Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana.
The 1,564 page text of the verdict was released online after Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam, the two judges of the bench, who passed the order, signed it, reports BSS.
Narayanganj City Corporation Councilor Nazrul Islam along with his three companions and driver were kidnapped by a team of RAB -11 on April 27 in 2014.
Senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver Ibrahim were also picked up by the same team as they witnessed the abductions.
Subsequently, seven bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river.
Two cases were filed in this connection — one by Nazrul’s family and the other by Chandan’s family.
The High Court on August 22, 2017, pronounced the judgment in the two cases that were lodged.
The other eleven convicts, whose death sentences were upheld, are Habildar Md Emdadul Haque, Md Arif Hossain, Lance Naik Hira Miah, Lance Naik Belal Hossain,Sepoy Abu Taiyab Ali, Constable Md Shihab Uddin, SI Purnendu Bala, Sepoy Abdul Alim, Sepoy Mohiuddin Munshi, Sepoy Al Amin and Sepoy Tajul Islam.
The court, however, commuted the death sentence handed down to another 11 people by the trial court, to life imprisonment.
Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge’s Court on January 16, 2017, sentenced 26 persons, including Noor Hossain, dismissed RAB officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana. The court also sentenced nine other accused to different terms in jail.
All the documents of the case were sent to the High Court on January 22. The High Court on February 8 received the appeals made by the convicts.
Twenty convicts including Noor Hossain, Tareque Sayeed, Arif Hossain, SM Masud Rana, Md Emdadul Haque, Belal Hossain, Abu Taiyab, Shihab Uddin and Mortaza Zaman Charchil filed the appeals against their sentences.