Prime accused acquitted, 11 get life term
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 11 people to life term imprisonment while acquitted the main accused and 41 others in a case for killing an Awami League leader in Munshiganj in October 2011.
All the 53 accused are absconding and the judgment was delivered in absentia. Rafiqul Islam, 55, a local AL leader of Hossaindi Union, was hacked to death during a clash between two AL rival groups over the Union Parishad election at Char Balki village in Gajaria upazila in Munshiganj on October 13, 2011.
Victim’s family including complainant rejected the judgment and said they would challenge it as the main accused Abdul Motin Montu, former chairman of Hossaindi Union, and 41 others were acquitted even though they were “directly involved in the killing.”
Complainant Md Shafiqul Islam, Rafiqul’s younger brother, told the reporters yesterday at Dhaka Court Reporters’ Association that Judge (in-charge) Dewan Md Shafiullah of Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, who delivered the judgement, hails from the same union. Moreover, some of the accused are his (Judge) relatives.
On Tuesday, the government in a gazette notification transferred Judge Shafiullah to Feni and yesterday was his last workday in the court.
Public Prosecutor SM Rafiqul Islam said after learning about the matter, he was not interested to run the case with the court under Judge Shafiullah. But the judge hurriedly completed arguments on July 14 and 15 and fixed yesterday for the judgement.