AD rejects death row convict’s leave to appeal

The Appellate Division has rejected a leave-to-appeal to scrap the verdict of execution of a convict in Rajshahi University Professor Taher Ahmed murder case.

The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, passed the order on Tuesday.

There is no bar to executing the two death row convicts now.

Additional attorney general Sheikh Mohammad Morshed stood for the state, while Advocate SN Goswami represented one of the convicts, Md Jahangir Alam, caretaker of Professor Taher’s residence.

On May 3, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court published the full text of the verdict, rejecting the review petitions.

On April 5, 2022, the Appellate Division sentenced two people to death and two others to life imprisonment in the case.

On March 2 this year, the Appellate Division rejected the review petitions of three persons, including the two death row convicts in Professor Taher murder case.

The two sentenced to life terms are Nazmul Alam and Abdus Salam, relatives of caretaker Jahangir Alam.

Professor Taher’s body was recovered from a drain near his residence, two days after he went missing on February 1, 2006.

On February 3, a murder case was filed with Motihar police station in Rajshahi, following a complaint lodged by his son Sanzid.

A Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal on May 22, 2008, sentenced four people to death in the case and acquitted two others, including former RU Chhatra Shibir president Mahbubul Alam Salehi.

Later on May 13, 2013, the High Court upheld the death penalty of Mohiuddin and Jahangir but sentenced Salam and Nazmul to imprisonment until death. After the order, Mohiuddin, Jahangir and Salam moved the apex court.

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