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Govt wants early hearing on death references
14 years of August 21 grenade attacks

Govt wants early hearing on death references

The government wants early hearing on the death references of the August 21 grenade attack cases on priority basis to ensure punishment for all culprits involved in the grisly attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka that killed 24 people and injured over 300.

The Supreme Court authority is working to prepare the paper-book over the death references of the cases. A paper-book contains all the details of a case, trial proceedings, verdicts, and other documents including statements and evidence, and is necessary for the High Court to hear and dispose of a death reference or an appeal.

Once the paper-book is ready, the Chief Justice will send the death references and appeals of the cases to an HC bench for holding hearing and disposing the matter.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said he would bring the matter to the notice of the apex court so that it would take special initiative for preparing the paper-book of the death references in the cases within a short time.

“Soon after completing the paper-book, we will take an initiative for holding the hearing on the death references,” the chief law officer of the state noted.

“The BDR carnage cases got special consideration during the preparation of paper-book. We want the apex court will give special priority in preparing the paper-book of the August 21 grenade attack cases like that in the BDR carnage cases,” he added.

Supreme Court sources said that the working on preparing paper-book was going on full swing. Two officials were solely assigned to complete the procedures of preparing the paper-book of the cases. After completing the necessary formalities, the SC will print the paper-book of the death references and then it would send to an HC bench through the Chief Justice for hearing, the sources added.

At least 24 people were killed and over 300 injured in the grisly attack on the Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader in parliament, narrowly escaped the attack with an ear injury.

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

On October 10 last year, a Dhaka court had sentenced 19 persons, including former state minister and BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar, to death and 19 others, including BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in connection with two cases filed in connection with the grenade attack.

On November 27, 2018, the death references on the cases had reached the HC for examination. The SC’s special officer, Barrister Md Saifur Rahman, said the HC will prepare the paper-book of the cases on approval of Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain. Once the paper-book is ready, an HC bench will hear and dispose of the death references, he said. According to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), if a lower court orders death penalty, the verdict is examined by HC for confirmation of the punishment.