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Jhalakathi judges murder: SC upholds death penalty for JMB militant

28 Aug 2016, 12:40 | updated: 28 Aug 2016, 12:54

Online Desk

Dhaka: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed a petition filed by JMB militant Asadul Islam Arif, pleading to review his death sentence in two Jhalakathi judges murder case.

A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order in the morning.

Senior assistant judges Sohel Ahammed and Jagannath Pare were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Purba Chadkati area in Jhalakathi town on 14 November, 2005.

On 29 May, 2006, a Jhalakathi court sentenced to death seven leaders of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including its founder Shaykh Abdur Rahman, its military head Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, its majlish-e-shura members Ataur Rahman Sunny, Abdul Awal and Khaled Saifullah, suicide bomber Iftekhar Hasan Al Mamun and Asadur Rahman Arif.

All the convicts but Arif were hanged on 29 March, 2007, as he was on the run at that time. He was arrested on 10 July, 2007 from Mymensingh and later filed appeal against his sentence.