Ananta Murder: Death Reference Reaches HC

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File photo by Ananta Bijoy Das.

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File photo by Ananta Bijoy Das.

Papers from writer and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das murder case, in which four people were sentenced to death, have reached as a death reference to the High Court for consideration of the trial court’s verdict.

Sylhet court officials recently brought the case documents, including the judgement, to the HC, Supreme Court spokesman Saifur Rahman told the Daily Star yesterday.

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If a lower court sentences a person to death in a case, its judgment is reviewed by the HC hearing arguments for confirmation of the death sentence.

The case documents and the judgment come to the HC as the lower court’s death reference after the lower court has rendered the verdict in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Ananta was killed on May 12, 2015 near his Subidbazar residence in Sylhet while on his way to work with his sister.

The banned militant team Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) claimed responsibility for the murder.

Ananta’s brother, Ratneswar Das, filed a murder complaint accusing anonymous persons with the Sylhet airport police station the following day.

On March 30 this year, the Special Anti-Terrorism Court in Sylhet convicted and sentenced four people to death. They are Abul Khaer Rashid Ahmed, Abul Hossain alias Abul Hussain, Harunur Rashid and Faisal Ahmed.

The court judge, Nurul Amin Biplob, also acquitted Shafiur Rahman Farabi, as the allegations against him were unproven.

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