HC verdict in BDR carnage case Sunday
A three-member High Court (HC) division bench will pronounce its judgement tomorrow (Sunday) on death reference and jail appeals in BDR carnage case, keeping the matter on its cause list as the first item.
The court also rejected three pleas of the state to increase the terms of sentences of the convicts on that day.
Third additional metropolitan sessions judge’s court on November 5, 2013, sentenced 152 persons to death and 160 others to life-term imprisonment as they were proved beyond doubt directly involved in the 2009 BDR carnage that killed a total of 74 people including 57 top and mid ranking army officers.
The trial court had passed the judgement after examining 654 out of 1354 prosecution witnesses in the biggest criminal case in the history of the country.
Dhaka city BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and local Awami League leader Torab Ali were awarded life- term imprisonment as their involvement in the conspiracy in organizing the BDR mutiny and committing murder was proved.
The court acquitted 271 persons as the prosecution could not establish the charges brought against them. Besides, 267 persons were given sentences for different tenure.The brutal killing of the country’s top army officials in the much hated BDR carnage had created widespread sensation at home and abroad.
The mutineers also looted arms and ammunitions during the 33 hours’ bloodbath at the Peelkhana headquarters in the city.The trial was held in a makeshift court on Aliya Madrasha ground in the old part of the city. bss