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Date for verdict in Nusrat’s murder case will be fixed today

  • Published at 12:01 am September 30th, 2019
Nusrat Jahan Rafi
File photo of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, an Alim examinee and student of Sonagazi Madrasa in Feni, who died on April 10, after being set on fire on April 6 Dhaka Tribune

The tribunal heard testimonies of 87 witnesses among 92

The date for the verdict, which is yet to be rendered, regarding Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, will be fixed today by Judge Mamunur Rashid of Feni's Women and Child Abuse Prevention Tribunal.

Public Prosecutor Advocate Hafez Ahmed confirmed the information. He said: “I am supposed to present my legal arguments against the points raised by the defendant’s advocate today (Sunday). But the court was on hold as the judge was sick.”

He added, the presentation of legal arguments in the tribunal for this case took a total of twelve working days to complete.

Previously on April 8, Nusrat’s elder brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman filed the murder case with Sonagazi Model Police Station.

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On May 29, the Police Bureau of Investigation submitted a charge-sheet of 808 pages, accusing a total of 16 people in the case. The charge-sheet included Sirajuddaula, who gave the order of burning Nusrat to death. 12 of the 16 accused has given confessional statements in lower court. The matter was then transferred to the tribunal on May 30.

On June 20, 16 accused was indicted by the tribunal. The judgement procedure began with examining the case’s complainant Noman in the court on June 27, and June 30.

The tribunal heard testimonies of 87 witnesses among 92.

What happened?

On April 6, Nusrat, 18, of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire on the roof of the madrasa by people loyal to Sirajuddaula, the principal, in broad daylight, after she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment case her family filed against him on May 27.

She succumbed to her critical burn injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10-which sparked a nationwide outrage that demanded swift justice against the perpetrators.