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Avijit murder case: Court acquits charges against key suspect

  • Published at 11:28 pm April 10th, 2019
Shafiur Rahman Farabi
File photo of Shafiur Rahman Farabi

However, concerned citizens protested on social media, claiming that Farabi through Facebook posts and blogs, instigated others to kill Avijit

A Dhaka court on Wednesday acquitted the key suspect Shafiur Rahman Farabi who was arrested in a case filed over the murder of writer and blogger Avijit Roy. 

Farabi, the banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir leader, was charged in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, back in 2015.

Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein gave the verdict after assessing the testimonies of seven out of 10 prosecution witnesses in the case.

The court, in the verdict mentioned that, the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused, and so the court acquitted him from the charges.

Fazlur Rahman, inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police, filed a case with the Ramna police station against Farabi under the ICT Act, on March 14, 2015 for issuing threats to kill Avijit through a number of posts on Facebook.

On November 30, 2015, Md Wahiduzzaman, another inspector of DB police and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet against Farabi, in the case.

In 2015, the DB police, while investigating the murder case together with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI), had not found Farabi’s involvement. 

However, concerned citizens protested on social media, claiming that Farabi through Facebook posts and blogs, instigated others to kill Avijit.

In 2013, Farabi served six months in jail in another case lodged against him for threatening an imam with death, for administering the funeral rites to blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider, who was killed on February 15, 2013 allegedly by the Islamist militants Ansarullah Bangla Team.