Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina killing attempt Verdict on 1989’s attempt to kill Hasina October 29
07:00 PM, October 16, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:37 PM, October 16, 2017

Verdict on 1989’s attempt to kill Hasina Oct 29

Judgment in the case filed for attempting to kill present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in August 1989 will be delivered on October 29.

After closing arguments both the from prosecution and the defence, Md Zahidul Kabir of the Forth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka today set the date for delivery of the judgment.

Earlier the court recorded statements of 12 prosecution witnesses including complainant and investigation officer of the case.

On August 10, 1989, activists and leaders of Freedom Party allegedly launched an attack at Sheikh Hasina’s the then residence in Dhanmondi’s Road 32, according to the case statement.

Freedom Party members Kajol and Kobir with 10-12 men attacked Hasina’s residence by hurling bomb and firing gunshots, the case statement read.

They chanted the slogan “Farukh-Rashid Jindabad” as they left the place.

Following the incident, Zahurul Islam, a security guard of the residence, filed two cases—one for plotting to kill Hasina and other for hurling bomb--with Dhanmondi Police Station.

In 1997, eight years after the attack, Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) pressed charges against 19 people including Freedom Party leaders and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s murderers Lt Col (retd) Syed Farukul Islam, Lt Col (retd) Abdur Rashid and Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda in an attempted murder and another explosive case.

On July 5, 2009, charges were framed against 16 accused.

Four of the accused – Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Golam Sarwar Mamun, Joj Miah and Syed Nazmul Maksud Murad – are currently in jail. Four accused – Humayun Kabir, Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam and Md Shahjahan alias Balu – had been freed on bail.

Two others—Zafar Ahmed and H Kabir—are absconding while two of the accused – Gazi Liakat Hossain and Rezaul Islam Khan – died earlier.

Syed Faruk and Bazlul Huda have been executed in the Bangabandhu murder case.

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