Journalist Monir Murder: HC commutes convict’s death penalty to life imprisonment

Monir was the convict’s paternal cousin

The High Court commuted the death sentence of Russell Rari, a convict in the murder of his journalist cousin Monir Hossain Rari, to life imprisonment on Sunday.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Justice Md Zakir Hossain announced the verdict.

The court also imposed a fine of Tk20,000, said Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta.

Another convict Russell's father Alauddin Rari’s name was dropped from the appeal hearing as he died in custody before the verdict.

According to the case, on December 21, 2010, Alauddin and his sons were constructing a boundary wall to block a road to neighbors Dalil Uddin and Anwar Hossain’s house in Ward No 4 under Muladi Municipality of the district.

At that time, the neighbors informed Monir, who is also a nephew of Alauddin, of the matter. Monir then asked his uncle and cousins not to build the wall. 

Later, Alauddin and his sons got into an argument with Monir. At one point, on Aladdin’s instruction, Russell struck Monir on his head with a spade. 

Monir died while undergoing treatment in Dhaka.

Monir’s brother Jasim Uddin filed the case against Alauddin, his two sons, wife Aleya Begum and neighbour Motaleb Rari with Muladi police station.

On March 16, 2011, the investigating officer of the case filed the charge sheet against the five accused.

On February 22, 2015, the court relieved Aleya Begum of the charges.

Among the accused, Motaleb Rari died on July 2, 2014. 

The court then framed murder charges against Alauddin and his two sons – Sohag Rari and Russell Rari. 

After a long trial, the court sentenced Alauddin and his son Russel Rari to death and acquitted Sohag Rari.