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Attack on Sheikh Hasina’s convoy: Bail of 8 accused is suspended

The Appellate Division has upheld the bail of seven convicts convicted in the 2002 attack on the convoy of the then Leader of the Opposition and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Kalaroa, Satkhira. At the same time, the court asked the state to leave to appeal against the High Court order. The next hearing of the case has been fixed for June 20.

The Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Sunday (May 30th).

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin appeared for the state in the court. Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon appeared for the accused.

Earlier on Thursday (May 26), the court of Chamber Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui had suspended the bail of seven convicts, including former general secretary of the Satkhira District Bar Association Advocate Abdus Sattar, till today (May 30).

The High Court on Tuesday (May 25) granted seven months bail to seven people, including Advocate Abdus Sattar, a former general secretary of the Satkhira District Bar Association, convicted in a case filed in connection with the attack on the convoy of then-opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in Satkhira in 2002. The District and Sessions Judge’s Court has been asked to dispose of the appeals of the accused within this period. The accused who were granted bail are Golas Rasul, Abdus Samad, Abdus Sattar, Zahurul Islam, Rakib, Shahabuddin and Monirul Islam.

Justice Mostafa Zaman Islam and Justice. The High Court bench of Iqbal Kabir passed the order. Later, the state sought bail of the accused.

On August 30, 2002, Sheikh Hasina’s convoy was attacked on the Jessore-Satkhira road in front of the Kalaroa Upazila BNP office in Satkhira. Several people, including former MP Mujibur Rahman, were injured in the incident. On the same day, Kalaroa Upazila Freedom Fighter Commander Moslem Uddin filed a case of attempted murder.

After investigating the case, the police filed a chargesheet in 2015 against 50 people, including BNP leader Habibul Islam, the then Member of Parliament for Satkhira-1 (Tala-Kalaroa) constituency. According to the charges against the accused, the attack was carried out with the intention of killing Sheikh Hasina. On August 23, 2016, the High Court stayed the proceedings of the case on the application of Rakib, the accused in the case. At the same time, a rule was issued asking why the proceedings in the case of Rakib would not be canceled. Rakib was later granted bail.

Rakib’s appeal was that when the incident was mentioned, i.e. in 2002, he was 10 years old. So if he is to be judged the child will be in law. Sessions with adults cannot be done in the judge’s court. The court dismissed the rule on October 8 last year. Rakib appealed against this verdict. In this application, the Appellate Division directed to complete the trial in the lower court within three months.

After the trial, the Satkhira Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court sentenced all the accused in the case on February 4. The verdict sentenced Habibul Islam Habib to 10 years in prison. Besides, former general secretary of Satkhira District Bar Association Advocate Abdus Sattar and other accused were sentenced to different terms