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Attack on Hasina: HC orders trial court to dispose case within 3 months

  • Published at 11:13 am October 8th, 2020
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File photo shows a general view of the Bangladesh Supreme Court building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The High Court bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the verdict after concluding the hearing on an issued rule in this regard

The High Court on Thursday discharged a rule that questioned the trial proceedings of a case filed over the attack on the motorcade of then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Satkhira in 2002.

It also directed the trial court to dispose of this case within three months.

The High Court bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the verdict after concluding the hearing on an issued rule in this regard.

Additional Attorney General SM Munir confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court had fixed Thursday for the announcement of the verdict on this rule, which was three years ago. 

Also Read- Attack on Hasina: High Court verdict Thursday

On September 24 this year, the state took the initiative to begin hearings over the issued rule.

On August 23, 2017, following a petition filed by Rakibur Rahman, an accused in the case, a High Court bench stayed the trial proceedings of the case and issued a rule asking the state why trial proceedings against the accused should not be scrapped, according to the state lawyer. 

Rakib, who is now on bail, claimed that he was 10-years-old when the incident took place. Therefore, the case should run against him under the Children Act 2013.

A decade after the incident, a freedom fighter named Moslem Uddin made a complaint on September 21, 2014.

The court ordered the police station concerned to record the complaint as an FIR. 

The police submitted their charge sheet against 27 people, including Rakib on May 17, 2015. 

The court formed charges against the accused on July 10, 2017

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina went to Satkhira's Kolaroa on August 30, 2002, to visit a freedom fighter's wife, who was raped. 

Her motorcade came under attack while returning to Dhaka. Miscreants blasted bombs and vandalized vehicles of the motorcade.  

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