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SC upholds acquittal order for AC Akram in Rubel murder case

DHAKA, March 28, 2017 (BSS) - The Supreme Court (SC) today upheld a High Court order acquitting former assistant commissioner (AC) Md Akram Hossain of detective branch (DB) in a case lodged over murder of Shamim Reza Rubel in police custody.

"A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order after holding hearing on an appeal filed by the state against that High Court order," said advocate SM Shahjahan, counsel for Akram.

The court also dismissed an appeal filed by former sub-inspector (SI) Hayatul Islam Thakur, challenging the High Court order that upheld life imprisonment sentence for him in the case.

According to the case documents, Independent University student Rubel was detained by a DB team, led by Thakur on July 23, 1998. He later died in police custody.

A trial court after holding hearing on the case sentenced 13 accused including Akram to life term imprisonment and another to one-year imprisonment.

Following an appeal filed by the defence, the High Court later acquitted all but Thakur in the case. The state and Thakur then filed separate appeals against the order.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)