Chattogram, Feb 10 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday sentenced a young man to death for killing a minor girl after rape in Hathazari upazila in 2008.
The convict is Amir Hossain alias Jamal, 24, son of Omar Ali of Sapmara village in Fatikchhari upazila.
Judge Motahar Ali of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 also fined him Tk 1 lakh.
The 10-year-old girl, Julie, daughter of Jebon Hossain, hailing from Fatehpur village in Fatikchhari, went to her paternal aunt’s house at Sapmara village, according to the prosecution.
On May 17, 2008, Amir took the girl to a nearby bush and violated her there. Later, the culprit strangled her and dumped the body into a nearby canal.
The following day, victim’s uncle Abdur Rahim filed a case accusing him.
Jashore, Feb 7 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life-term imprisonment for killing his wife by setting her on fire in Ghop Naoapara area in the district town in 2004.
Judge TM Musa of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 also fined the convict Ashfakur Rahman, son of Kubed Ali of the village, TK 20,000, in default to suffer another two months in jail.
Special Public Prosecutor M Idris Ali said Ashfakur started torturing his wife Jannatul Ferdous for dowry within days of their wedding on October 8, 2004.
On the night of November 2 of the same year, in a culmination of the carnal torture, Ashfakur set his wife on fire after dousing her with Kerosene. Jannatul was rushed to Jashore 300-bed General Hospital and later, moved to Dhaka Medical Collage Hospital (DMCH) where she succumbed to severe burn injuries.
Later, her mother Shahnaj Begum filed a case with Kotwali Polcie Station accusing Ashfakur.
However, the convicted husband has been on the run after the incident, and remains absconding.
Narayanganj, Feb 07 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to death for killing his sister-in-law at Noadda village in Bandar upazila in 2014.
Judge Sheikh Razia Sultana of Narayanganj District and Sessions Judges Court handed down the verdict in the afternoon.
The convicted criminal Abdur Rhaman, son of Jamal Pradhan of Rupganj Upazila, could not be produced before the court due to his illness.
Additional Public Prosecutor of the court Abdus Shaker said Abdur Rahman stabbed his sister-in-law Nisha Begum, wife of Tajul Islam on the night of December 8, 2014 after she refused his indecent proposal. Later, Nisha succumbed to her injuries at Narayanganj 300 bed hospital the next day.
Victim’s younger brother Rabbi Mia filed a case with Bandar Police Station.
The court gave the verdict after taking evidences from 12 witnesses during the prosecution, he added.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to produce before it Badal Farazi who is now in a Bangladesh jail after his extradition in July last from India where he had languished for 10 years in a jail without committing any crime.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the rule following a writ petition filed by Ain o Salish Kendra.
Lawyers Md Asaduzzaman and Md Shahinuzzaman Shahin stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Abdullah Al Mahmud represented the state.
Shahinuzzaman said the court issued the rule asking the authorities concerned why Badal Farazi who is now in Keraniganj jail should not be produced before the court to be sure that he was not imprisoned illegally.
Security Services Division and Foreign secretaries and Inspector General of Police have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in seven days.
On July 8 last, two Supreme Court lawyers filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its order to release Badal Farazi which was rejected on July 11 mentioning that it was not pressed.
Badal Farazi was brought back home on July 6 from Tihar Jail in Delhi under the ‘Prisoner Exchange Deal’ with India.
Badal Farazi, 28, son of Abdul Khaleque Farazi and Sarafali Begum, hailing from Mongla in Bagerhat district, entered India on tourist visa through Haridaspurpur border on July 13, 2008 to visit Taj Mahal in Agra.
Immediately after his border cross, Indian Security Force (BSF) members detained Badal as Indian police were looking for one Badal Singh on charge of killing an elderly woman at Amar Colony in New Delhi on May 6, 2008.
He was arrested for the similarity of his name with that of an accused in a murder case.
As Badal could neither speak Hindi nor English, he failed to convince the BSF members that he was not the same person.
Later, a Delhi court sentenced him to life imprisonment on August 7, 2015 and he was sent to the Tihar Jail.
With the help of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, Badal challenged the punishment and filed an appeal with the Supreme Court which also turned down his appeal.
He had to pass 10 years in the jail without committing any crime before being extradited.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday fixed February 27 for starting defence hearing in the Gatco corruption case against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others.
Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka set the date after prosecution completed their hearing.
Former prime minister Khaleda is the prime accused in the case. She has been in jail since February 8 last year after being convicted in separate corruption cases.
She was produced before the court from the old jail at 12:40pm. On January 10, the court issued a warrant for producing her before it in the Gatco case.
On November 25 last, the High Court directed the subordinate court to conclude trial proceedings in the case within six months.
On September 2, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against two Gatco directors, Khaleda and others.
They were accused of causing a loss of Tk 1,000 crore to the state by awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and Dhaka's Inland Container Depot to Gatco.
The ACC pressed charges in court on May 13 the next year against 24 people, including nine former ministers and state ministers of Khaleda’s cabinet. Six of the accused have died.
Khaleda had moved the HC challenging the legality of the case. Trial proceedings were halted for eight years in the subordinate court because of the writ petition.