Killing pregnant woman, 3 others: 2 convicts death commuted to life
Published: 02:03 PM, 24 February 2021 Updated: 04:19 PM, 24 February 2021
High Court; File Photo
The Appellate Division has commuted the death sentence of two accused to a life term in a case of killing a pregnant woman and three others in Brahmanbaria in 2005. One person has been acquitted in the case.
The Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the verdict on Wednesday.
The two convicts sentenced to life are Sohail and Rajib, sons of the deceased’s own brother.
The Appellate Division also directed to transfer Sohail and Rajib, who were in the condemned cell, to the general cell immediately.
The other accused in the case, Piyas (relative), was acquitted. The other five convicts died before the end of the trial.
Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Debnath confirmed the court order.
It is to be noted that Akhter, his pregnant wife and two-and-a-half-year-old child Arna Akhter were killed by his brother Sirajul and his children in 2005 over a family dispute. The court sentenced eight people including Sirajul to death on 9 September 2008 in a case filed in the case.
In 2012, the High Court upheld the death sentence of all the eight accused. Nearly nine years later, the Appellate Division on Wednesday announced the verdict in the murder case.