The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 in Dhaka on Thursday sentenced two accused Redwanul Azad alias Rana and Faisal Bin Nayeem Deep to death for killing blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2013.
The tribunal, chaired by judge Syeed Ahmed, passed the order in presence of seven convicts. Redwanul Azad alias Rana is still absconding.
The court also fined each of Rana and Deep Tk 10,000.
The court also gave life term imprisonment for Maksudul Hasan Anik along with a fine of Tk 10,000. It gave 10 years jail for Mohammad Ehsan Reza Rumman, Nayeem Sikder Irad and Nafir Imtiaz and five years jail for Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani.
The court observed that there was lack of efficiency in framing charges and investigation process.
Strict security measures were taken at the court premises since morning.
Earlier on December 28, the tribunal said it would deliver the verdict today upon completion of final arguments from both prosecution and defence counsels.
Earlier on May 11, judge Ruhul Amin of Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court transferred the case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 for its quick disposal.
On March 19, the court indicted eight people — Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, chief of Ansarullah Bangla Team, former students of North South University Faisal Bin Nayeem Dipu, Maksudul Hasan Anik, Mohammad Ehsan Reza Rumman, Nayeem Sikder Irad, Nafir Imtiaz, Sadman Yasir Mahmud, and Redwanul Azad alias Rana in the blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider murder case.
On February 15, 2013, Ahmed Rajib Haidar, an activist of Ganajaran Mancha, was stabbed and hacked to death near his house at Mirpur Palash Nagar in the capital.
A total of 35 out of 52 prosecution witnesses including — Rajib’s father Nazimuddin, younger brother Newaz Murtaja Haider — gave depositions in the case.
On January 28, 2014, the detectives submitted a charge-sheet accusing eight people including Mufti Jasim Uddin in the case.
According to charge-sheet, the seven NSU students had vowed to kill ‘atheist bloggers’ after reading Jasimuddin’s books and listening to his sermons.
They targeted Rajib ‘for his blog posts under the nickname Thabababa’.
Rajib’s father Nazimuddin had filed the case with Pallabi police station.
Source: New Age