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High Court upholds death penalty for 5 over photojournalist Aftab murder

Aftab Ahmed won the Ekushey Padak in 2006

Update : 12 Oct 2022, 02:51 PM

The High Court on Wednesday upheld the death penalty for five persons for killing acclaimed photojournalist Aftab Ahmed in 2013

It also upheld the verdict of life imprisonment for another person.

The bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Bashir Ullah passed the order after hearing their appeal petitions.

Advocates SM Shahjahan, Helal Uddin Molla and Shafiqul Islam stood for the petitioners, while Deputy Attorney General Samira Taranum Rabeya Miti represented the state.

Judge Abdur Rahman Sardar of Dhaka’s Fourth Speedy Trial Tribunal on March 28, 2017 sentenced Billal Hossain Kislu, Habib Hawladar, Raju Munshi, Russel and driver Humayun Kabir Molla to death while sending another to life imprisonment. Of them, Raju Munshi and Russel had been tried in absentia.

The lifer was identified as Sabuj Khan. The court also imposed a fine of Tk10,000 on him.

Aftab Ahmed, chief photographer of the Daily Ittefaq, was found dead at his West Rampura Wapda Road residence on December 25, 2013. He was 69.

Driver Humayun, Habib and Billal subsequently made confessional statements before the court that the convicts had strangled the victim to death while committing robbery in his house.

Billal looted Tk72,000 from his residence and shared the money with the others involved in the killing, according to police.

Aftab received the coveted Ekushey Padak in 2006.

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