High Court reduces death penalty of 4 convicts to life imprisonment

The bench of justices M Enayetur Rahim and Amir Hossain gave the verdict on Thursday on appeals by the convicts against their sentences.
 
A Narsingdi court on Nov 4, 2010, had sentenced the four – ‘Rubel’, Ali Hossain, Zahirul Islam and Shah Alam – to death for killing businessman Md Mostofa.
 
All of them are now in jail, said Deputy Attorney General Sheikh AKM Moniruzzaman Kabir after Thursday’s verdict.
 
Kabir and Assistant Attorney General Shahidul Islam Khan represented the State while lawyer AKM Fazlul Haque Khan Farid stood for the convicts.
 
According to the case details, Mostofa had gone missing on May 17, 2009. His body was found three days later in a swamp at Monohardi Upazila’s Nadardi village.
 
The same day, his uncle Abu Sayeed filed the case with the Monohardi police against several unidentified persons, accusing them of abducting and murdering Mostofa.
 
Police submitted the chargesheet in court in July 2009, naming the four.
All the accused except Rubel had confessed, in court, to committing the crime.
 
The death reference came to the High Court in 2010 for hearing, while the convicted appealed, too.
 
The court started hearing the case on Feb 3 and the verdict came on Thursday.