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Rifat murder: Death reference reaches High Court

An appeal will be submitted at the High Court against the trial court's verdict, convict’s lawyer says

Update : 04 Oct 2020, 11:50 AM

The death reference of the six convicts in the sensational  Rifat Sharif murder case has reached the High Court, to examine the trial court’s verdict.

Jahangir Alam Piku, office assistant (Jarikarok) at the Barguna Sessions and District Judges Court brought the documents to the High Court on Sunday.

Lawyer of the convicts Adv Mahbubul Bari Aslam while speaking with Dhaka Tribune said they are trying to file an appeal against the trial court's verdict.

On September 30, six people including Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, wife of murdered youth Rifat Sharif, were sentenced to death while four others were acquitted.

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.

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

Of the adults accused, only Minni was 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, while his wife Minni tried to save him.

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

On the following day, Rifat’s father filed a murder case 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 defense and prosecution lawyers. 

On August 10 this year, the judicial proceedings of the murder case resumed after five months. It had been halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trial against the 10 adult accused began at the same court.

The court also acquitted four others during the verdict.

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