Published:  12:00 AM, 19 March 2017 Last Update: 04:38 PM, 19 March 2017

Attack on ex-UK envoy: Mufti Hannan to die

Attack on ex-UK envoy: Mufti Hannan to die File Photo: UNB

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and two others in a case filed over the grenade attack on ex-British envoy to Bangladesh in 2004.

The three-member bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order after hearing of the review petition filed by the three death row convicts, clearing the way to execute their death sentence, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

On December 7, 2016, an 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, reports UNB.

Huji chief Mufti Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul filed the appeal petition before the Appellate Division bench concerned on July 14, 2016.

On February 11, 2016, a High Court bench, comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain, delivered the verdict upholding the death sentence of the three handed down by the lower court.

In 2004, the then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury came under a grenade attack while coming out of Hazrat Shahjalal’s shrine in his hometown Sylhet.

The envoy and 40 employees of the Sylhet district administration were injured in the attack.

Assistant Sub-inspector Kamal Uddin died on the spot, while two others Constables Rubel Ahmed and one Habil Miah succumbed to their injuries.

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