Attack on Anwar Choudhury: SC upholds death for 3 HuJI leaders

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld death sentence of three leaders of banned militant outfit Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) including Mufti Hannan in a case over 2004 attack on the then British envoy Anwar Choudhury.

A four-member Appellate Division panel led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said in its short order "Dismissed".

The apex court yesterday set today to pronounce the judgement on the appeals filed by HuJI Bangladesh wing chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, his cohorts Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul and Delwar Hossain alias Ripon.

The High Court on February 11, 2016, upheld their death sentences originally handed down by a trial court.

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on December 23, 2008, sentenced Mufti Hannan, Bipul and Ripon to death in the case. It also sentenced Mohibullah and Abu Jandal to life imprisonment.

After the order, the death reference of the case along with other documents came to the High Court (HC). Moreover, the convicts also filed appeals against the verdict in 2009.

The attack took place at the Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004, resulting in the deaths of three, injuring around 50 people including the British envoy of Bangladesh origin.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)