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Prosecution, defence lawyers absent in Kibria murder trial

Update : 04 Nov 2015, 07:25 PM

Two prosecution witnesses could not testify in Shah AMS Kibria murder case yesterday as all the prosecution and defence were not present during the proceedings.

Sylhet’s Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Makbul Ahsan set today for hearing as only five out of the 14 detained accused were brought to the court. The witnesses were earlier produced before the court on October 28 and 29, but they could not give statement due to absence of the lawyers.

Of the 32 accused, eight are on bail and 10 absconding. The accused include former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, Sylhet City Corporation’s dismissed mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami leader Mufti Hannan.

So far, four out of 171 witnesses have given statement in the murder case.

The accused were indicted on September 13 and the trial began on September 30, nearly 15 years after the grenade attack that killed former finance minister Kibria and four others on January 27, 2005 when he was returning to Dhaka after holding a rally in Habiganj.

Trial in the other case involving explosives will begin on November 12 at the District and Sessions Judge’s Court of Habiganj. 

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