Prosecution is hoping for maximum penalty of the accused
A Gaibandha court has fixed November 28 to deliver the verdict in the case filed over the murder of Gaibandha 1 lawmaker Monjurul Islam Liton.
District and Session Judge Dilip Kumar Bhoumik on Tuesday set the date to pronounce the judgment, after concluding the trial following arguments by the defence and the closing statement by the prosecution, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Shafiqul Islam.
Six out of eight suspects including the mastermind of the killing, former Jatiya Party lawmaker Col (retd) Abdul Kader, were in the dock on Tuesday.
Five of the accused -- Kader's personal assistant Shamsuzzaman, his driver Hannan, nephew Mehedi, Shahim and Rana -- are already behind bars.
One accused - Butcher Babul - died in jail, while another is absconding.
The prosecution hoped that the accused would get the maximum punishment.
Claiming Kader was innocent, defence counsel Abdul Hamid said they would appeal to the top court if the verdict went unsatisfactory.
On June 11, the same court had sentenced Kader to life imprisonment in an arms case filed in connection with Liton's murder.
On December 31, 2016, the then Gaibandha 1 MP Liton was shot by unidentified assailants in his home at Sundarganj upazila. Later, he succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Afterwards, Liton's elder sister Fahmida Kakuli Bulbul filed the murder case against five to six unnamed people with Sundarganj police.
Two months later, police arrested Kader, a former lawmaker of the same constituency, from his Bogra home on February 21, 2017.
At that time, police also raided Kader's home in Sundarganj and recovered a pistol, a magazine, and six bullets.
On April 30, 2017, police pressed charges against eight people, including Kader, over Liton's murder.
The court recorded statement of 50 prosecution witnesses during the trial, which had started on April 30 last year.
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