Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of two convicts to life imprisonment over the killing of journalist Farhad Khan and his wife Rahima Khatun in the city in 2011.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin passed the order after hearing petitions filed by the convicts and the death references.
Those got their death penalty commuted are Nazimuzzaman Yon and his friend Raju Ahmed.
Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru and Mansurul Haq Chowdhury stood for the convicts while Deputy Attorney General Moniruzzaman Rubel represented the state.
Farhad Khan, 60, senior sub-editor of the Dainik Janata, and his wife Rahima Khatun were killed at their Nayapaltan residence in the city on January 28, 2011.
On October 10, 2012, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 sentenced Yon, Farhad’s nephew, and Raju to death.
Later, the convicts filed separate petitions with the High Court challenging the lower court order.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) on Tuesday conducted anti-adulteration drives in the city’s Kalabagan and Mirpur areas and fined two eateries, including a Chinese restaurant, Tk 11 lakh.
BFSA Executive Magistrate Tushar Ahmed along with ASP Mohammad Nur Islam, operations officer of APBn-5, conducted the drives.
The magistrate fined Tk 5 lakh to Anik Ghose, manager of ‘Bikrampur Mistanya Bhander’ at Kalabagan, on charge of selling food after producing those in an unhygienic, unhealthy and dirty environment, said Nur Islam.
In another drive, the magistrate fined Tk 6 lakh to Md Rafiqul Islam, manager of Chinese restaurant ‘Midnight Sun-2’ at Mirpur, for the same offence, he said.
Chuadanga, Oct 16 (UNB) – A tribunal here on Tuesday convicted a man and sentenced him to death for killing his wife over dowry in 2011.
The convict is Mamun Ali, son of Akubbar Ali of Sadabari vilalge in Damurhuda upazila.
According to the prosecution, Mamun killed his wife Sagori Khatun following an altercation as she failed to bring dowry from his father’s house on February 5, 2011.
Rahim Box, father of the victim, filed a case with Damurhuda police station.
After examining the records and witnesses Chuadanga Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Mohammad Zia Haider handed down the verdict.
Kishoreganj, Oct 16 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday sentenced four people to death and 21 others to life term imprisonment in a double murder case in 2012.
The condemned convicts are Alamin, Mizanur Rahman, Nazmul and Swapan of Joyka village in Karimganj upazila. The court also fined them Tk 5 lakh each.
The lifers are Didar, Gias Uddin Sarkar, Habibur Rahman Habi, Dulal, Israil, Jashim Uddin, Rafiqul Islam, Islam Uddin, ShahabUddin, Ashraf Uddin, Kanchan Mia, Alam, Selim, Lokman, Harun Mia, Kanchan, Sohel, Azad, Rukon Uddin, Ratan and Shamim.
All the convicts were fined Tk 5 lakh each.
According to the prosecution, Kubad Mia and Zakarul had an altercation with the convicts over a charging a mobile phone on August 24, 2012.
At one stage of altercation, both groups attacked each other, leaving Kubad and Zakarul dead on the spot.
Sujata Begum, wife of Kubad, filed a case against 27 people.
DB police submitted chargesheet against 25 people.
After examining the records and witnesses Kishoreganj Additional District and Sessions Judge Abu Taher handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday fixed October 29 to deliver its verdict against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed the date after rejecting the petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer seeking adjournment of the hearing as they will challenge the High Court that cleared the way for holding the trail in the case in absence of Khaleda, said Khaleda’s lawyer Mohammad Sanaullah Miah.
The three other accused in the case are Harris Chowdhury, political secretary of the then prime minister Khaleda between 2001 and 2006; Ziaul Islam Munna, assistant private secretary to Harris; and Monirul Islam Khan, APS to former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
The BNP chairperson is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.
She has been serving five years' rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.