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Minister: Appeal hearing in Aug 21 grenade attack case to start in months

  • Published at 02:56 pm August 21st, 2019
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File photo of Law, Justice and parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq Dhaka Tribune

At least 24 people were killed and 300 injured in the attack in 2004

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the appeal hearing in August 21 grenade attack case will start within the next two to four months.

“The verdict’s paper-book is being prepared and it will be finalized very soon,” he told reporters at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

“It is taking time since the testimonies of 225 witnesses were recorded,” he explained. 

On August 21, 2004 a deadly grenade attack was carried out on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue when the BNP-Jamaat alliance was in office.

Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of the opposition, was the target.

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At least 24 people, including Awami League Women Affairs Secretary and late President Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed. 

Five hundred others were also injured in the attack. Sheikh Hasina escaped the attack unhurt, but her hearing was affected badly.

A Dhaka court on October 10, 2018 sentenced 19 people, including former State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, to death in the case. 

Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and 18 others were sentenced to life in prison.