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Rifat murder: Court to deliver verdict against adult accused on September 30

  • Published at 02:05 pm September 16th, 2020
Rifat Sharif-Barguna
File photo of Rifat Sharif Collected

On June 26, 2019, Rifat Sharif, 22, was mercilessly hacked by a group of individuals in broad daylight in Barguna town

A Barguna court has fixed September 30 to deliver the verdict against 10 adult accused in the sensational Rifat Sharif murder case.

Barguna District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman gave the order after hearing arguments for and against the 10 adult accused Wednesday afternoon.

According to court sources, first the deposition in favour of one accused and the testimonies of 76 witnesses were recorded, followed by arguments presented by all parties concerned.

Later the court passed the order after hearing the arguments presented on behalf of the defendant Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, wife of the victim.

Of the adults accused, only Minni has been on bail granted by the High Court, which will be expiring today.

Minni's lawyer Mahbubul Bari Aslam confirmed that he will be registering a fresh bail plea.

On June 26, 2019, Rifat Sharif, 22, was mercilessly hacked by a group of individuals in broad daylight in Barguna town, even as his wife Ayesha Siddiqua Minni tried to save him.

He died from his injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital later in the evening.

The next day, Rifat’s father filed a case of murder at Sadar police station.

On September 1 the same year, police submitted two separate charge sheets against Minni and 23 others, including 10 adults and 14 minors.

On January 8, 2020, Judge Md Hafizur Rahman framed charges against 14 accused juveniles, after concluding the hearing of defence and prosecution lawyers.

Earlier on August 10, judicial proceedings of the much talked about murder case resumed after five months. It had been halted over the coronavirus pandemic. The trial against the 10 adult accused began at the same court.

The adult accused of the case are Rifat Faraji, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Rabbi Akan, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy alias Tiktok Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 19, Md Musa, 22, Ayesha Siddika Minni, 19, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagar, 19, and Kamrul Hasan Saymun, 21.

The sixth accused, Md Musa, is currently on the run.

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