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
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
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
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
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)