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14 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Aug 21 grenade attack

HC accepts 44 appeals for hearing

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday accepted for hearing a total of 44 appeals filed by convicted persons against the lower court verdict that handed down various sentences in the August 21 grenade attack case. At least 24 people were killed and around 300 injured in the attack on the Awami League rally at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. The HC bench also stayed the part of the trial court verdict that fined the convicts of the cases. The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman also asked the trial court concerned to submit the records of the cases before the High Court.

The HC will hold the hearing on the appeals after the completion of the necessary formalities over the appeals, assistant attorney general Md Yousuf Mahmud Morshed said. The HC bench came up with the order after the appeals of the convicts, who are now in jail, were included in the cause list of the HC bench for hearing, he added.

On October 10 last year, a Dhaka court gave the death sentence to 19 people, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and ex-deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu, and handed down life imprisonment to 19 others, including BNP vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, for the grenade attack on the AL rally in 2004.

 “They (who were given the death sentence) shall be hanged by the neck till death,” Judge Shahed Nuruddin of Dhaka’s speedy trial tribunal had said while delivering the verdict in a packed makeshift special court set up beside the former Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in the old part of the capital.

The verdict was delivered in presence of 31 out of the 49 accused in two cases filed following the incident that killed 24 people, including the then Mahila Awami League chief Ivy Rahman, and injured over 500 others, crippling some of them for life.

Faruk Hossain, the then sub-inspector of Motijheel police station, had filed two cases on August 22, 2004, one under the Explosive Substances Act and the other for murder.

Sheikh Hasina, the then Opposition leader in parliament, had a close shave but she received injuries on her ear.

The grenade attack, masterminded by some BNP leaders, is one of the most heinous crimes in the country’s history.

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