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Rifat murder: Verdict against 14 juvenile accused on October 27

  • Published at 11:03 am October 14th, 2020
Rifat Sharif-Barguna
File photo of Rifat Sharif Collected

On September 30, six of the adult accused were sentenced to death

A Barguna court on Wednesday announced that the verdict against 14 juvenile accused in the much-discussed Rifat Sharif murder case will be given on October 27.

Judge Hafizur Rahman of the Barguna Children's Court set the date after the state presented its argument in the court on Wednesday.

The 14 juvenile accused in the case are Rashidul Hasan Rishan Faraji, 17, Md Rakibul Hasan Rifat Hawlader, 15, Md Abu Abdullah Raihan, 16, Md Oliullah Oli, 16, Joy Chandra Sarker alias Chandan, 17, Md Naim, 17, Md Tanvir Hossain, 17, Nazmul Hasan, 14, Rakibul Hasan Niamat, 15, Md Saiyed Maruf Billah Mohibullah, 17, Maruf Mallik, 17, Prince Molla, 15, Ratul Shikdar Joy, 16, and Aryan Hossain Srabon, 16.

According to court sources, after the testimony of 74 witnesses against the 14 juvenile accused in the Rifat murder case was recorded, the concerned lawyers presented their arguments in the court for and against all the accused.

Public Prosecutor Md Tafizur Rahman said after the completion of the arguments on Wednesday, the court fixed October 27 as the date to deliver its verdict in the case and granted bail to eight juvenile accused — who were already out on bail — in the custody of their respective lawyers.

The eight juvenile accused on bail and six juvenile accused staying in the prison's juvenile ward appeared in court at 7am on Wednesday.

Also Read - Rifat murder: Wife Minni, 5 others sentenced to death 

On September 30, six people including Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, wife of murdered youth Rifat Sharif, were sentenced to death by the Barguna District and Sessions Judges’ Court, while four others were acquitted.

Rifat, 22, was mercilessly hacked on June 26 last year by a group of individuals in broad daylight in Barguna town, even as his wife Minni tried to save him. 

He succumbed to his injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital later in the evening.

The next day, Rifat’s father filed a murders case with the Sadar police station.

On September 1 the same year, police submitted two separate charge sheets against Minni and 23 others, including 10 adults and 14 juveniles.

On January 8, 2020, Judge Hafizur Rahman framed charges against 14 juvenile accused after concluding the hearing of defence and prosecution lawyers.

On August 10, judicial proceedings of the murder case resumed after five months; it had been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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