DHAKA, April 2, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court (HC) today upheld a trial court verdict that sentenced two persons to death and six others to different jail terms in blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider murder case.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md. Jahangir Hossain passed the order, dismissing the appeals of the convicts.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 on December 31, 2015, sentenced Redwanul Azad Rana and Faisal bin Naim alias Dweep to death and Maksudul Hasan Anik to life imprisonment.
The court had also sentenced Ehsanur Reza Rumman, Md Naim Shikder alias Irad and Nafis Imtiaz to 10-year imprisonment.
Sadman Yasir Mahmud was awarded three-year imprisonment while banned militant outfit chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani was sentenced to five-year imprisonment. All the accused were also fined by the court.
Today, the High Court upheld the trial court verdict as it is. The court however, discharged a revision plea of Rajib's father Dr Nazim Uddin to increase the punishment of the convicts, who were sentenced to jail, as his lawyer remained absent during the hearing.
Of the convicts, only Rana is yet to be arrested. He was convicted in absentia.
Ganajagaran Mancha activist and blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death in the capital's Pallabi area on February 15, 2013.
According to the case documents, all the convicts were instigated by Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) chief Rahmani to kill Rajib, terming him an atheist.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)