Seven-murder trial: HC orders appointing counsel for fugitive convicts

DHAKA, May 16, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court (HC) today ordered to appoint counsel at state's cost to defend five fugitive convicts, who have been sentenced to death in the case lodged over Narayanganj seven murders in 2014.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order, asking the solicitor wing of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to comply with the order within the next seven days.

A Narayanganj court on January 16, 2017, sentenced to death 26 persons, including main accused Nur Hossain and three sacked military officers serving in Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on deputation in the 2014 seven-murder case of Narayanganj.

The court simultaneously sentenced nine others to different terms in jail finding their involvement in the gruesome murders which sparked a nationwide anger. Of the convicts, nine are still at large.

Narayanganj City Corporation councilor Nazrul Islam along with his three companions and driver were kidnapped allegedly by a team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-11 on April 27 in 2014.

Besides, senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver Ibrahim were also picked up by the same team as they witnessed the abduction of Nazrul and his associates.

Subsequently all the seven bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river. Two cases were filed in this connection -- one by Nazrul's family and the other by Chandan's family.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)