The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and two others in a case filed over the grenade attack on ex-British envoy to Dhaka Anwar Chou-dhury in 2004.
A three-member HC bench, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order after hearing of the review petition filed by the three death row convicts, clearing the way to execute the death sentence. On December 7, last year, a SC bench headed by Justice SK Sinha upheld the death penalty of the three in the case rejecting the appeal filed by Mufti Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul seeking a review of the High Court verdict that had upheld their death sentence.
Two Huji men, including Mufti Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul, filed the appeal petition before the Appellate Division bench concerned on 14 July, 2016. On 11 February of the same year, a High Court bench, comprising justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain, delivered the verdict upholding the death sentence of three of the accused handed down by the lower court. In 2004, the then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury came under a grenade while coming out of Hazrat Shahjalal's shrine in Sylhet.
The envoy and 40 employees of the Sylhet district administration were injured in the attack. Assistant Sub-inspector of police Kamal Uddin died on the spot, while two others Constables Rubel Ahmed and Habil Miah succumbed to their injuries in a hospital.
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