The High Court on Wednesday upheld a trial court verdict sentencing 10 members of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islam (Huji) to death in a case filed over the attempted murder of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in 2000.
The HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Badruzzaman delivered the judgment after hearing appeals filed by the convicts and the death reference.
It also upheld the sentences awarded to three other convicts and acquitted Anisul alias Anis.
The condemned convicts are Wasim Akhtar, Rashed Driver alias Abul Kalam, Yusuf alias Abu Musa Harun, Sheikh Farid alias Maulana Shawkat Osman, Hafez Jahangir Alam Badr, Maulana Abu Bakar, Hafez Maulana Yahya, Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, Mufti Abdul Hye and Maolana Abdur Rauf alias Abu Omar.
On August 20, 2017, Judge Mamtaz Begum of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 sentenced 10 people to death.
Mehedi Hasan alias Abdul Wadud was sentenced to life imprisonment while Anis, Md Mahibullah alias Mofizur Rahman and Sarwar Hossain Mia were sentenced to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment.
On July 20, 2000, a 76-kg bomb was planted near the meeting venue of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Kotalipara in Gopalganj.
The bomb had been timed to detonate when Hasina came up to speak at the rally.
Then sub-inspector of Kotalipara Police Station Nur Hossain filed a case in this regard.
On April 8, 2001, a charge-sheet was submitted against 16 individuals in the case.
The names of nine more people were included in the supplementary charge-sheet which was submitted on June 29, 2009.
In 2010, the case was sent for quick disposal to Dhaka-2 Speedy Trial Tribunal, where the trial was completed.