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Capital Punishment

Most freedom fighters left unrecognised

Saidur Rahman wants nothing except capital punishment for the members of the Pakistani occupation army and their auxiliary forces who killed his parents and three brothers during the 1971 Liberation War. Although he is pleased with the incumbent Awami League-led grand alliance government's initiative to ensure trial of the war criminals for their brutal offences they committed 43 years ago, Saidur is very aggrieved. “Except for some people who backed Pakistan, the rest of the Banglaee population from all walks of...

6 to walk gallows for killing Narayanganj businessman

6 to walk gallows for killing Narayanganj businessman

A Narayanganj court today sentenced six persons to death for killing a businessman in Rupganj upazila in 2008. Additional Sessions Judge Miaji Shahidul Islam Chowdhury pronounced the verdict in presence of all the convicts at the courtroom, reports our Narayanganj correpondent. The condemned convicts are Soleman, Ripon, Jahangir, Akkas, Ohid aka Rony and Akthar Hosain. According to the prosecution,  eight unknown people intercenpted Munir, also an Awami League worker, on Hurgaon Bholaikhal Road in Bhulta Gawsia area in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj when he was returning his Rupganj home by a rickshaw on July 25, 2008. They beat Munir up and snatched his mobile and Tk 1300 cash. Later the gang threw Munir into...

Olama Mashayekh Parishad seeks capital punishment to Latif

Olama Mashayekh Parishad seeks capital punishment to Latif

Several hundred people brought out a procession from Dhaka’s Baitul Mukarram mosque demanding capital punishment of Latif Siddique for his comments on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Tablighi Jamaat.  Under the banner of Sammilito Olama Mashayekh Parishad, they brought out the procession from the north gate of the national mosque to Dainik Bangla intersection...

War Trial Verdict Leak

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

Detectives yesterday pressed charges against the wife and son of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and five others for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced him to death. Tribunal-1 had awarded the capital punishment to the BNP leader on October 1 last year for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Back then, the leaking of the verdict a day ahead of its delivery raised serious questions about the security of the tribunal. Apart from Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin's manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin's counsel Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's assistant Mehedi Hasan, and the tribunal's office assistant Faruk Hossain...

Ramadan

Vacation of schools extended

All primary and secondary schools and madrasas across the country will enjoy holidays during the Ramadan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a cabinet meeting yesterday. Earlier, she turned down the education minister's request to keep the institutions open for the first 10 days of Ramadan, meeting sources said. Hasina suggested that the ministries concerned make an adjustment of the 10 days to the yearly summer vacation in all educational institutions. The cabinet also approved the draft of Bangladesh Coast Guard Act-2014 with...

War Crimes Trial

Prosecution seeks death penalty for Mobarak

The prosecution yesterday sought the capital punishment for war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain as it believes that it has successfully proved all five charges against him at the International Crimes Tribunal-1. The 64-year-old accused got involved with Jamaat-e-Islami during the Liberation War in 1971 and joined the Awami League in the 1990s. He faces charges of killing, abduction and torture among others. Conducting Prosecutor Shahidur Rahman and Acting Chief Prosecutor Syed Haidar Ali yesterday completed their arguments. “It is proved through documents...

BAU students demand death penalty for Saad killers

BAU students demand death penalty for Saad killers

Academic and administrative activities came to a halt at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) as students started an indefinite strike today, demanding immediate arrest and capital punishment to the killers of Saad Ibney Momtaj. Saad, a final-year student of BAU fisheries faculty, died at a private clinic in Mymensingh town on April 1, a day...

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