Huji chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, who was awarded capital punishment in Ramna Batamul carnage case, termed the judgement “government-dictated”.
The government had earlier shifted the date of delivering the verdict to motivate the judgement, Hannan said.
Claiming himself innocent, the Huji chief said he did not get justice. "I was able to prove my innocence during the trial," he added.
Hannan said he would appeal in the Higher Court challenging the death penalty awarded to him.
Meanwhile, defence has also expressed dissatisfaction over the verdict that awarded death to eight Huji men including Hannan and life to six for killing 10 people in bomb blasts during the traditional celebrations of the Bangla New Year, 1408 (April 14, 2001) at the Ramna Batamul in the capital.
Defence counsel Faruque Ahmed briefs media at the court premises. Photo: TV grab
Defence counsel Faruque Ahmed claimed that the prosecution had failed to prove many things before the court during the trial as there was no eye-witness in the case.
"The incident of blast took place during a programme of Chhayanaut, Udichi and other cultural organisations but none of the organisations gave their depositions in the case," he added.
He further said they would appeal in the higher court challenging the death penalty and life term imprisonments awarded to his clients.