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August 17 Blasts

Boma Mizan, 4 others get 8 yrs' jail

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A court here yesterday sentenced five Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members to eight years' rigorous imprisonment each in August 17 serial bomb blast case filed in Cox's Bazar after hearing 24 witnesses.
The convicted were JMB explosive expert Jahidul Islam alias Boma Mizan, Abdul Malek Laltu alias Anas, Shahadat Ali alias Masum Billah, Naimuzzaman alias Shohag and Manirul Islam alias Saifullah.
Judge Shafiqul Karim of Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal passed the verdict and acquitted JMB Chittagong divisional commander Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad, Shafiqul Islam alias Abdullah and Abdul Hafiz alias Khalil of the charge.
However, Public Prosecutor (PP) Ayub Khan expressed his dissatisfaction over the acquittal and urged the government to appeal in the High Court against it.
Ayub said though Mohammad was not present at Cox's Bazar during the incident, he was the key planner and supplier of the explosives used in the attack.
According to the case, the convicted carried out bomb attacks on a courtroom and several spots in front of deputy commissioner's (DC) office, bus terminal, Nazrul boarding of Laldighir Par and Madhufal Sweetmeat at Masjid Road of Cox's Bazar on August 17, 2005.
Of them, Boma Mizan blasted bomb at the courtroom while Shahadat at in front of DC office, Manirul at bus terminal, Naimuzzaman at Laldighir Par and Laltu at Masjid Road, said PP Ayub.
Sub-inspector Amar Chandra Das of Cox's Bazar Police Station filed the case on the day (August 17).
Police submitted charge sheet in the case on November 8, 2005 accusing ten persons including JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman and military chief Ataur Rahman Sunny.
Rahman and Sunny were executed earlier and so exempted from the case on March 31 this year, court source said.

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