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Death row convict acquitted after 16 years in jail

  • Published at 12:36 am September 23rd, 2020
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Humayun Kabir spent 14 years of those 16 years in a condemn cell

The Appellate Division has acquitted a murder convict from Comilla, who had been sentenced to death, 16 years after he was sent to jail. 

A bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the verdict on Tuesday, after hearing a jail appeal filed by Humayun. 

State appointed lawyer Advocate ABM Bayezid stood for Humayun, while Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Debnath represented the state. 

Humayun Kabir, a truck driver who was charged with the murder of an eight-year-old child, spent 14 years out of those 16 in a condemn cell. 

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, ABM Bayezid said: “The confessional statement given by the accused has no similarity with the post-mortem report of the deceased. The post-mortem report said that the victim’s skull had been broken, but according to the confessional statement, the child was strangled to death. There are discrepancies in the statements of 12 witnesses who testified during the trial, including the child’s father.” 

According to the case details, the Class I student, from Kanakshri village in Comilla’s Laksham upazila, went missing after leaving home from school on June 30, 2004.

Her uncle filed a general diary with Laksham police station. On July 2, 2004, a case was filed with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Comilla. 

On July 4, police arrested truck driver Humayun Kabir; on the same day, they recovered the dead body of the missing child near a forest in the same village.

Police pressed charges against Humayun on September 29, 2004. 

The Chittagong Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced Humayun to death on April 5, 2006. 

An appeal against the death sentence was filed with the High Court, and on February 22, 2012, the High Court issued a verdict upholding the lower court verdict. 

Humayun filed a jail appeal with the Appellate Division against the High Court order, which was accepted on April 17, 2014. 

HC acquits 7 in a murder case 

The High Court has acquitted seven convicts in the murder of a man, which took place 14 years ago. 

The bench of Justice Krishna Debnath And Justice ASM Abdul Mobin issued the verdict on Tuesday. 

The deceased, Shamsul Haider Chowdhury, an assistant at Rajarbagh Colony telephone office, was killed at AGB Colony in Motijheel, Dhaka on September 6, 2006. 

Eight people were indicted in the case, and in 2014, a Dhaka court sentenced five of them to death, and the three others were sentenced for life. 

Later, one of the convicts with life sentence died. 

State Lawyer Shaheen Ahmed Khan told Dhaka Tribune that they would file an appeal against the High Court order as soon as possible. 

Advocate AKM Fazlul Haque Khan Farid, Amulla Sarker and state-appointed lawyer SM Shahjahan represented the convicts.

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