6 to die for killing Xulhaz, Tonoy
Published: 01:40 PM, 31 August 2021 Updated: 06:54 PM, 31 August 2021
Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy - File Photo
A special tribunal sentenced six people, including sacked army major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haq alias Major Zia, to death for the killing of former Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy in the capital’s Kalabagan.
Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal pronounced the verdict on Tuesday. Each of the accused was also fined Tk 50,000 and they will have to suffer six-month imprisonment in default.
Besides, the Tribunal acquitted two of the accused - Sabbirul Haq Chowdhury and Mawlana Junayed Ahmed - of the charges as the allegations brought against the duo have not been proved.
The other convicts sentenced to death are - Akram Hossain, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, Arafat Rahman, Sabbirul Haq Chowdhury, Sheikh Abdullah and Asadullah. Among them, Zia, Akram, and Sabbirul are absconding.
Earlier, the four arrested accused Saimon, Arafat Rahman, Sheikh Abdullah and Asadullah were brought to the court from Kashimpur High-Security Prison around 9:00 am and were kept at court lockup with extra security. They were brought to the courtroom at 11:27 am. The judge then began reading the verdict in their presence at 12:10 pm. After reading the verdict, the court announced the verdict against the accused at 12:14 pm.
At that time, punishment warrants were issued against the accused, who are in the jail, while arrest warrant was issued against the fugitive accused.
On April 25, 2016, USAID staff Xulhaz and his friend Mahbub Tonoy were hacked to death by miscreants at Xulhaz's Lake Circus Road house under Kalabagan Police Station.
Xulhaz's elder brother Minhaj Mannan later filed the murder case with Kalabagan Police Station and sub-inspector Md Shamim of that station filed an arms case over that incident.
On 12 May 2019, Investigation Officer (IO) and Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) Unit Inspector Muhammad Monirul Islam filed charge-sheet in the case against 12 militants of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
The tribunal on November 19, 2020, framed charges against the accused, initiating the trial officially. The tribunal on August 23 this year had set the date as both the prosecution and defence concluded their arguments in the case on that day.
The four arrested accused had confessed their crimes as they gave confessional statements before the court. A total of 24 witnesses have testified in the case.