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Rifat murder: Hearing on Minni's bail petition July 30

  • Published at 11:41 am July 23rd, 2019
Ayesha Siddiqua Minni-Dhaka Tribune
File photo: Slain Rifat Sharif's wife Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, wearing black headscarf, being escorted to court in Barguna on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Digital evidence may come into play in Barguna murder investigation

A petition has been filed for Ayesha Siddiqua Minni’s bail in the case of her husband Rifat Sharif’s murder.

Minni’s lawyer Advocate Mahbubul Bari Aslam filed the petition with Barguna District and Sessions Judge’s Court on Tuesday morning.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Mahbubul Bari Aslam said: "The court has accepted the petition and fixed the day of hearing on July 30.”

He further said the court had issued a warrant for submitting all the documents regarding the case.

Previously on Monday, Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Sirajul Islam Gazi rejected Minni’s appeal for seeking treatment.

On Sunday, the same court rejected Minni’s bail petition.

On July 16, police arrested Minni, and a court placed her on a five-day remand the following day.

Digital evidence in the play

Police on Tuesday sent evidence, which were confiscated from the accused arrested in connection with Rifat murder, to a cyberforensic laboratory to run a test in effort to find out more on the gruesome killing.

The evidence consists of three mobile handsets, a USB flash drive, data collected from 10 Facebook accounts and groups, an email, and 26 pages of screenshots from a Facebook Messenger group named “BOND 007.”

Police appealed to Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court to send the evidence to the cyberforensic lab, and the court granted it on July 17.

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Dhaka Tribune collected a copy of the court order.

The list of evidence includes three numbers, two of which have been found to be registered with Facebook accounts of Ariyan Srabon and Kamrul Hasan Saymun, who have already been arrested, the court order shows. 

Facebook Messenger group BOND 007 was initiated by Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, the main accused in Rifat murder trial, who was killed in a reported gunfight with police on July 2.

Another important evidence, a USB flash drive, contains 26 screenshots of the Facebook page BOND 007. The group is believed to have be used to orchestrate Rifat’s murder. 

Police also identified a closed Facebook group, and have mentioned it in the evidence list.

Other than Ariyan and Saymun, the Facebook ID users of other accused mentioned in the court order are Rabbi Akon (sixth accused in the FIR), Rejwan Khan alias Tiktok Ridoy (12th accused in the FIR) and Rifat Farazi (second accused in the FIR). All three are in jail.

On June 26, 23-year-old Rifat Sharif was attacked in broad daylight, by a group of assailants wielding long, sharp weapons in Barguna town's College Road area, while his wife desperately tried to save him.

He later died of excessive bleeding, caused from the wounds he sustained during the attack, according to a post-mortem examination conducted at Barisal Medical College Hospital.

The video of the attack later went viral on the internet and it sparked outrage across the country.

Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif filed a case with police against 12 people. Police have so far arrested 15 people in connection with the murder.