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Father: Minni deprived of justice, to appeal to higher court

Meanwhile, Minni was taken into police custody following the verdict

Update : 30 Sep 2020, 03:17 PM

Mozzammel Haque Kishore, father of Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, has expressed his disappointment over the verdict of a Barguna court that sentenced Minni and five others to death over the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif in 2019.

Talking to reporters after the verdict on Wednesday afternoon, Mozzammel claimed that the verdict pronounced by the district court had deprived Minni of justice and he will file an appeal with the higher court challenging the verdict.

Meanwhile, Minni was taken into police custody following the verdict and was shown arrested in the murder case.

Earlier on September 16, Barguna District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman fixed September 30 to deliver the verdict against the accused after hearing arguments from both sides in the case.

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.


Also Read - Rifat murder: Wife Minni, 5 others sentenced to death


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

Of the adults accused, only Minni has been on bail granted by the High Court.

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 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.

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