Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - The Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed a review petition against its judgment that upheld the death penalty for a convict in the murder case of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, came up with the order rejecting the petition filed by the convict.
Now, there is no bar towards executing the verdict against convict Mamun, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.
Earlier on Thursday, the SC set October 7 (today) to deliver the order on the review petition against its judgement in the murder case.
The SC upheld the High Court verdict that gave death sentence to Mamun, and life term to three others—Md Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu, and Rafiqul Islam.
Khalaf Al Ali, 45, a non-diplomatic official with the consular section of the embassy, was shot near his Gulshan residence on the night of March 5, 2012.
A murder case was filed with Gulshan Police Station against five people, two days after the killing.
On December 30, 2012, a Dhaka court sentenced all the five accused of the case to death.
However, the decision was overturned when the convicts' appeal and death sentence was sent to the HC.
In 2013, the High Court acquitted fugitive Selim Chowdhury; commuted the sentences of Md Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu and Rafiqul Islam to life in prison; and upheld the death sentence of Saiful Islam Mamun.
The state then filed an appeal with the Supreme Court in 2014.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – A 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in a 7,000-km breeding ground took effect on Sunday to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.
The ban came into effect at 2am on Sunday which will last till October 28 as these 22 days are the peak period for mother hilsas to release eggs.
If anyone violates the ban, he or she will face 1-2 years’ jail or a fine of maximum Tk 5,000.
The government imposes the ban every year and it has been doing so since 2003-04 to protect mother hilsas.
The country’s hilsa output has posted a rise by 66 per cent over the last nine years.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested two people including admin of online channel SKTV from city’s Uttara area early Saturday over alleged spreading of anti-state rumours on YouTube.
The arrestees are- the admin Khalid and Hizbullah.
A team of Rab-1 conducted drive in the area early in the morning and arrested them in connection with ‘spreading rumours’, said senior assistant superintendent of police Mizanur Rahman, deputy director of Rab headquarters.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – The Traffic Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) filed some 172,600 cases and realised around Tk 14.19 crore in fine for traffic rules violation in the capital during the month-long traffic safety awareness campaign in September.
The special awareness campaign was conducted as part of DMP’s initiatives to bring discipline on the city streets. DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia formally inaugurated the campaign on September 4.
Sources at the Traffic Division said its members filed cases against vehicles on various charges, including violation of traffic rules, using hydraulic horns, beacon light and tinted glass and plying the vehicles on the wrong side of road.
Of the cases, 13,088 were filed for plying the vehicles on the wrong side while 7,628 for fitness-related problems, 6,495 over route permit, 30,5,64 over driving licences, 65,803 against motorcycles and others for using hydraulic horns, beacon light and other reasons.
Sylhet, Oct 5 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Friday said electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the next general election on a small scale if the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is amended.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the EC stall at the three-day development fair at Sylhet Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon.
The fair that began on Thursday will end on Saturday.
The CEC said EVMs are being showcased at the development fair in all the 64 districts to raise awareness about their use.
He urged the leaders of political parties to visit the EC stall to have knowledge about EVMs.
Asked when the schedule for the next general election will be announced, Nurul Huda said they were yet to take any decision in this regard.
He expressed the hope that a free, fair and neutral election will be held with cooperation from all.
Token voting was also held using EVMs and the CEC announced the results after the polling.
Nurul Huda will stay here overnight and go to Sunamganj on Saturday.