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12:00 AM, April 27, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:42 AM, April 27, 2018


Families frustrated as verdict not executed

Today is the fourth anniversary of the sensational murder of seven people in Narayanganj. 

But the families of the victims are frustrated as the verdict is yet to be executed.

They demanded that the government execute the verdict before its tenure ends.

They said the lower court concerned pronounced the verdict and the High Court upheld the verdict in the case, but it has not yet been executed -- enough to make them frustrated. 

On April 27, 2014, the seven victims were abducted. They were killed the same night. Then the bodies were tied to bricks and thrown into the estuary of the river Shitalakkhya. The bodies of six victims were found floating in the river on April 30 and that of another victim on May 1.

On January 16, 2017, Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge's Court pronounced the verdict where 26 accused were sentenced to death and nine others were given different jail terms. The death row convicts, who were in jail, appealed before the High Court (HC) against the verdict.

The HC on August 22, 2017, in its verdict upheld the death sentence of 15 convicts and sentenced 11 others to life-term imprisonment. Each of them was also fined Tk 20,000, in default to suffer two more years in prison.

The HC, however, upheld the verdict of nine persons who were sentenced to different terms by the lower court.

The seven victims are: Narayanganj City Corporation councilor and panel mayor Nazrul Islam, lawyer Advocate Chandan Sarker, Nazrul's friend Moniruzzaman Swapan, Tajul Islam, Liton, driver Jahangir Alam and Chandan Sarker's driver Md Ibrahim.

Nazrul's wife Selina Islam Beauty said, “I expect that the verdict will be executed soon…I will be happy if the verdict is implemented...”

Another victim Tajul's father Abul Khair demanded quick implementation of the verdict. "I would not be able to forget the killing of my son until I die," he said.

Ripon, brother of slain Moniruzzaman Swapan, said the families of the victims are anxious as the verdict is not executed yet, while the government tenure nears end.

He said execution of the verdict will set an example to prevent such killings in future.

Jahangir's wife Nupur said, “I want execution of the verdict before the next Jatiya Sangsad election. I hope the killers will get punished during the tenure of this government.”

Sakhawat Hossain Khan, prosecution lawyer and former president of the Narayanganj Bar Association, said, “We thought the case would be disposed of quickly…" 

But there is no progress so far, creating suspicion, he said, adding, "The sentenced persons are influential and they may have been using their influence.”

Meanwhile, replying to the question of reporters regarding the 7-murder case, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said the government would decide about moving an appeal against the portion of the HC verdict that commuted the capital punishment of 11 people to life imprisonment after receiving its full judgement.

He hoped that the HC would release the full text of the judgement soon.

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