Kibria murder case prosecution seeks special tribunal in Dhaka

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The prosecution has demanded the formation of a special tribunal in Dhaka for quick completion of the case over the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria as most of the detained accused are now in different jails in the capital.

A grenade attack was carried out in an Awami League (AL) rally at Baidyerbazar in Habiganj on January 27, 2005 in which five people, including Kibria, were killed and many others injured. Two cases, one for murder and another under Explosives Substances Act, were lodged in this connection.

“I personally proposed forming a special tribunal in Dhaka for quick completion of the trial in the Kibria killing case as most of the 10 arrested accused including former BNP state minister Lutfuzzaman Babar in the case are now in different jails in the capital,” chief counsel of the state in the case Kishore Kumar Kor told  this afternoon.

Of the 32 accused in the murder case, three top accused including Mufti Abdul Hannan, have already been hanged, 12 others including Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation and BNP leader Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Mayor of Habiganj municipality GK Gous are on the bail while 10 are in the jails and the remaining seven others including former political secretary to Khaleda Zia, Harris Chowdhury are at large, he said.

“The trial in the murder case is now at the stage of taking the deposition of the prosecution witnesses at the Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal. Testimony of 43 witnesses out of 171 including the complainant Abdul Majid Khan and some injured people has already been recorded in the case,” he added.

“The last date of taking deposition was deferred on August 16 in 2017 as we failed to produce some of the accused in the case including Babar to the court,” he said, adding that in some cases, the date was deferred for failure to produce witnesses to the court.

Now, the testimony has been suspended since mid-August as the judge of the court is on leave, he said.The court fixed February 13 next for taking a deposition of the prosecution witnesses, he added. However, Dr, Reza Kibria, son of Shah AMS Kibria, in a statement issued from abroad demanded immediate completion of the trial in the case and punishment of the people involved in the killing, and the patrons of the killers.

Of the 32 accused in the cases, Huji chief Mufti Hannan, his accomplices Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon were hanged on April 12, 2017 in a case relating to explosion of bombs at a Sylhet shrine targeting the then British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury on May 21 in 2004 in which three people were killed and over 50 others injured. The trial in both the murder and explosive cases will be held against 29 accused as three of the accused including Mufti Abdul Hannan have already been accused, said the council.

On December January 5 2015, the third investigation officer (IO) in the case and senior police super of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted two separate supplementary charge sheets in both the murder and explosive cases accusing 32 people. Eleven people including Sylhet City Corporation Ariful Haque Chowdhury were made accused afresh in the supplementary charge sheets. Habiganj District and Session Judge Md Atabullah sent the case regardin the murder of Kibria to Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal.

The 13th death anniversary of the Kibria was observed today with the vow of holding quick trail in the murder case.
Leaders and activists of the AL and its front and associate bodies paid floral wreaths at the Kibria Srmiti Stamvo built on the spot of carrying out the grenade attack at Baidyerbazar in Habiganj. A discussion was held marking his death anniversary. From the discussion, the speakers demanded quick completion of the trial and exemplary punishment for the culprits.

The family members of Shah AMS Kibria also placed floral wreaths at his grave at Banani in the capital and held a milad mahfil eternal seeking peace for his departed soul.

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