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Hoshi Kunio murder: Chamber judge stays High Court order acquitting JMB militant

The Japanese man was gunned down near his farmhouse in Rangpur seven years ago

Update : 25 Sep 2022, 03:58 PM

The chamber judge of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division has stayed the High Court order that acquitted Ishak Ali, a member of the banned militant outfit Jama’at ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, in the murder of Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio in Rangpur seven years ago.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the stay order on Sunday after hearing a petition filed by the state.

The High Court on September 21 upheld the death sentence for four members of JMB for the 2015 murder of Kunio Hoshi, while acquitting Ishak Ali for lack of evidence. 

The four convicts are JMB regional commander Masud Rana alias Mamun, 21, Liton Mia alias Rafique, 23, Shakhawat Hossain, 32, and Ahsan Ullah Ansari alias Biplob, 24. 

On February 28, 2017, Rangpur Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar sentenced the five JMB men to death in connection with the murder of the Japanese national. They were also fined Tk20,000 each. 

Later, the convicts filed appeal petitions in the High Court against the trial court judgment.

The police on July 10, 2016 pressed charges against seven members of JMB in connection with the murder.

Of them, Nazrul Islam alias Hassan alias Bike Hassan of Panchagarh and Saddam Hossain alias Rahul alias Chanchal alias Sabuj alias Robi of Rajshahi died in separate “gunfights” in Rajshahi and Dhaka's Mohammadpur area, respectively, in 2016.

Kunio, 65, was gunned down near his farmhouse at Kachu Alutary in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur on October 3, 2015.

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