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Journalist Aftab’s murder, death sentence of 5 people upheld in High Court

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Update : Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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The High Court upheld the death sentence of 5 people and 1 person’s 7-year imprisonment for the murder of photojournalist Aftab Ahmed.

On Wednesday, Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md. The High Court bench consisting of Bashir Ullah passed the verdict after hearing the death reference and the appeal filed by the accused in the case.

The 5 accused who received death sentence are – Aftab Ahmed’s driver Humayun Kabir, Billal Hossain, Habib Howladar, Raju Munsi and Russell. Among them, Raju and Russell are absconding.

On December 25, 2013, this 79-year-old Ekushey Medalist photojournalist was found dead from his residence in Paschim Rampura of the capital. Later, a Dhaka tribunal sentenced 5 people to death and 1 person to 7 years in prison on March 28, 2017 in the case of this incident. The defendant appealed to the High Court against the verdict. And as per rules the document (death reference) is sent to the High Court for approval of the death sentence.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Deputy Attorney General Samira Taranum Rabeya Miti were the state’s side in the court hearing today. And advocate Khandkar Mahbub Hossain, SM Shahjahan and Helal Uddin Molla were the defendants.

Aftab from Mohipur in Rangpur joined Dainik Ittefa in 1962 as a photojournalist. In 2006 he was awarded Ekushey Padak.

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