The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court resumed the hearing of the Bangabandhu murder case after six years.
The counsels for the convicts pleaded for adjournment of the hearing for one month but the court overruled it. The High Court verdict had sentenced 12 former army personnel to death on April 30, 2001. The counsels repeatedly tried to persuade the court to adjourn the hearing but the three-member Supreme Court bench took a firm position that the case had waited long enough, and now there is no justification for not hearing the petitions by four condemned prisoners seeking leave to appeal against the High Court verdict.
The three-member Supreme Court bench includes Justice Joynul Abedin, Justice Tafazzul Islam and Justice Hassan Ameen.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. A case was filed on October 2, 1996 -- 21 years after the killing. A trial court on November 8, 1998 handed down death sentences to 15 retired and dismissed army personnel for the multiple murders. The HC upheld the punishment of the 12, only five of whom are currently behind bars, one died, and the rest are still at large.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the hearing.