A Satkhira court on Thursday sentenced three people, including former MP and central BNP leader Habibul Islam Habib, to 10 years’ imprisonment, and the rest to different terms of imprisonment in a case filed over the attack on the convoy of the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina over 18 years ago.
Chief Judicial Magistrate M Humayun Kabir delivered the verdict in the morning.
On January 27, the court fixed February 4 for pronouncing the verdict in the case.
It had also sent 34 accused, including Habib, to jail cancelling their bail.
On August 30 in 2002, the convoy of Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader, came under attack allegedly by BNP leaders and activist on Satkhira-Jessore road in Kolaroa upazila of Satkhira while she was visiting the district to console a raped housewife.
The attackers fired gunshots to kill Hasina but she survived the assassination attempt while others accompanying her sustained injuries.
Several journalists were also assaulted during the incident.
Failing to lodge a case with the local police station, freedom fighter commander and Awami League leader Moslem Uddin filed a case with a Satkhira magistrate’s court against 27 BNP men in connection with the gun attack.
The case was dismissed after former MP Habibul Islam Habib and several local journalists gave deposition before the court that no incident of attack on the convoy of Sheikh Hasina took place in Sakhira.
In 2013, the plaintiff filed a petition with the High Court seeking re-investigation into the incident and the HC then sent the matter to the lower court.
As per the lower court order, a case was filed against 27 people with Kalaroa Police Station on October 27, 2014, 12 years after the incident.
On May 5, 2015, police submitted charge-sheet against 50 people, including former local MP Habibul Islam Habib, in connection with the attack.
On June 9 of the year, the court framed charges against them.