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HC acquits 26 convicts in murder case

DHAKA, Feb 6, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court (HC) today acquitted 26 people convicted in a case lodged over the murder of a handloom trader in Narayanganj nine years ago.

"Justice Abu Bakar Siddiquee and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam passed the order after holding hearing on appeals of the convicts from jail and death references in the case," deputy attorney general Moniruzzaman Rubel told newsmen.

Of the 26, five were sentenced to death and others were handed down life imprisonment by a Narayanganj court in 2009, a year after the murder.

"The High Court acquitted them on grounds that there was no eye witness in the case. But we will file an appeal against this High Court order," Rubel added.

According to case documents handloom trader Abdul Latif of Mordasadi village of Araihajar Police Station in Narayanganj, was hacked to death on September 10, 1998.

Latif's brother Abdul Hannan filed a murder case on the same day.

Narayanganj Additional District and Sessions Judge Court on November 23, 2009, sentenced Md Barek, Omar Ali, Sohel alias Shafi, Azad Uddin and Shawkat Ali to death and 21 others to life imprisonment.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)