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State argument in Aug 21 grenade attack case likely to end this week

The arguments by the prosecution in the two

cases lodged over barbaric August 21 grenade attack is likely to end this

week as the chief prosecutor said the defence will get the chance to place

rebuttal after that.

The hearing of the case has been adjourned till September 17. I hope the

state will be able to conclude its legal arguments on that day and the

defence will get chance to place their rebuttal on legal points after that,

chief prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman told BSS.

The prosecution sources said the state earlier placed arguments on facts

for 25 days, while the defence placed arguments on the same matter for 89

days.

We have already placed arguments on legal points for three days and I am

hoping we will be able to wrap it up on September 17, Rahman added.

The veteran jurists said the verdict of the two cases, one filed for murder

and another over explosive substance act over the monstrous crime, will come

soon and hoped that the victims will get justice after twelve years of legal

battle.

The prosecution said they have been able to prove all the charges including

planning of the attack, executing the plan, destroying the evidences,

attempts to protect the attackers.

The hearing of the two cases is going on simultaneously at Dhaka 1st Speedy

Trial Tribunal.

A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mohila Awami League

President and wife of late President Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed

and 500 others were injured in the monstrous attack that took place on August

21, 2004.

The total number of the accused in the cases is 52. Of those, three

including Mufti Abdul Hannan have been executed in other cases and their

names have been dropped. Of the 49 accused, 18 are yet to be arrested and

being tried in absentia.

Of the accused, 23 including former state minister Lutfuzzaman Babar and

deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail. A total of 225 prosecution

witnesses have been examined in the cases.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)