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SC verdict on two Huji death row convicts' appeals today

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The Supreme Court yesterday fixed today for delivering verdict on the appeals of two Huji death row convicts, including its chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, against the High Court judgment in a case filed for the 2004 grenade attack on the then UK envoy in Bangladesh.

During hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam prayed to the apex court to uphold the death sentence of the convicts, saying that they had directly participated in the attack to kill the UK envoy Anwar Chowdhury.

Meanwhile, defence council Helal Uddin Mollah prayed to the court to commute the death sentence of the convicts, saying that they had been serving in jail for a long period.

The HC on February 11 upheld death penalty of three members of the outlawed militant outfit -- Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul, Delwar Hossain alias Ripon and Mufti Hannan -- and life imprisonment of Muhibullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Main Uddin alias Abu Zandal, also Huji members.

Later on, Mufti Hannan and Bipul filed separate appeals with the SC challenging the HC verdict.

In 2004, former UK high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury along with around 70 others was hurt and three were killed in the attack at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet.

The Bangladesh-born envoy, barely 18 days into his new assignment, suffered minor leg injuries in the grenade attack after Juma prayers.

On December 23, 2008, the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal gave the judgment.

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