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24 went on to 40 in jail without trial

  • Published at 02:39 pm November 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:16 pm November 8th, 2016
24 went on to 40 in jail without trial

The case was initially filed in October 1994 for the murder of a man in Sutrapur area in the old Dhaka. Six people, including Md Shipon, were indicted in the case.

Shipon, currently around 40-year-old, was arrested and sent to jail in November 2000 and had been there ever since.

The trial of the case finally started at a Dhaka Court earlier this year in April.

Kumar Debul Dey, a Supreme Court lawyer moved to the apex court on behalf of Shipon, told the Dhaka Tribune that the latter never received the chance to meet any relatives during the incarceration, did not have a lawyer, and have possibly become mentally unstable.

Dey also said Shipon’s left hand was amputated, possibly during the incident back in 1994.

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Shipon is now in Kashimpur Jail.

The HC bench comprising of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan granted the bail until the trial is completed with a verdict delivered.

After a private television channel aired news on this issue of negligence, Kumar submitted the video content and written script of the news item to bring this matter to the notice of the court on October 30.

The court in a suo-moto rule summoned dockets of the murder case filed 22 years ago and asked the Kashimpur jail authorities to produce Shipon before the court. The court had issued a rule inquiring why a bail would not be granted to the accused.

On Tuesday, the court heard the matter and listened to Shipon's statement who claimed he was not involved with the murder.

The court has also ordered the trial court to take necessary steps to dispose the case off within 60 working days from receiving the HC order.

The court acknowledges that according to the constitution, it is the state's responsibility to ensure justice in shortest possible time.

Regrettably for this case, the court said, the state and its concerned authorities have failed to do so, which is a matter of shame for all.

As Shipon understandably will not be able have a lawyer on retainer, the court asked the Dhaka Legal Aid office to assist him in all stages of the trial.

Moreover, the court has also asked the Dhaka district magistrate to consider assisting Shipon in rehabilitation process if he requests so.

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