Thursday, January 28, 2010
A Rajshahi court hands down the verdict in the sensational Professor Muhammad Yunus murder case today.
On completion of arguments in the case on December 31, Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal fixed the verdict date on January 15. As the tribunal judge was on leave, the court deferred the judgment to January 28 (today), said Public Prosecutor Entajul Haque Babu.
Prof Yunus of economics department of Rajshahi University was murdered while on morning walk near his Binodpur residence on December 24, 2004.
Inspector Mohammad Helaluddin of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed charges against eight militants of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh on September 10, 2007.
The accused are Shafiullah Tarek (follower of Asadullah Al Galib), Shahidullah Mahbub (husband of the executed JMB leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai's niece), JMB's regional commanders Abu Isa Enamul and Golamur Rahman Mostafa, militants Abul Kashem Tufan, Abdul Matin, Abdur Rahman Arif and Mujibur Rahman.
In the charge sheet, the CID brushed aside previous police findings of Shibir men's involvement in the killing despite two witnesses in separate judicial statements said that Shibir men were involved in the murder.
Helaluddin explained that the investigation into the murder took an abrupt turn from the blame on Shibir men including former Binodpur area Shibir president Sirajus Salekin and Shibir cadre Zafar Babu as the JMB militants gave confessional statements before the tribunal.