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Oishee’s death sentence commuted to life term

DHAKA, June 5, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court (HC) today commuted the death sentence of Oishee Rahman to life imprisonment in a case filled over killing her parents in 2013.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order, while rejecting Oishee's appeal and death reference in the case with some modification.

The court also fined her Taka five thousand.

The court in its short order said it has taken into consideration matters like her mental health, drug addiction, no previous criminal record and age, for delivering the verdict.

The High Court on May 7 had kept the judgement CAV (curia advisory vault, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict).

Deputy attorney general Jahurul Haque Jahir moved the case on behalf of the state, while Sujit Chatterjee stood for the accused.

Earlier on April 10, the HC observed firsthand the mental status of Oishee, as it recorded her statement at judge's chamber for around 15 minutes in presence of two lawyers, one from the state and another from the defence respectively.

The High Court on April 3, ordered the prison authorities to produce Oishee before it to observe her mental status. The court had come up with the order as her lawyer claimed Oishee was mentally unstable during the killing.

Dhaka Metropolitan Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 on November 12, 2015, sentenced Oishee to death for killing her parents Mahfuzur Rahman and Swapna Rahman in 2013. According to the case documents, the convict sedated her parents before hacked them to death with a knife.

The court had also sentenced her friend Mizanur Rahman Rony to two-year rigorous imprisonment for giving her shelter after committing the crimes.

On August 16, 2013, police recovered the bodies of Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman of special branch (SB) of police and his wife Swapna Rahman from their Chamelibagh residence in the capital.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)