The High Court on Wednesday acquitted two convicts of a cattle smuggling case, while they had already been freed after serving five years in jail in this case, 27 years ago.
The acquitted men were identified as Abdul Quader, a local farmer of Sharsha in Jessore and Mofizur Rahman, who has already been expired, of the same area.
Jessore court awarded the duo with five-year jail in 1987 and they were freed from jail in 1991, after serving the jail term, reports UNB.
According to the case statement, Lance Nayek of the then Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Amir Ali filed the case against the two with Sharsha Police Station in 1986 on charge of illegally smuggling six cattle into Bangladesh from India.
A Jessore court in the next year sentenced Quader and Mofizur to five years' imprisonment in the case.
After the lower court verdict in 1987, the two convicts filed an appeal with the then High Court bench in Jessore.
Later, in the same year, the Jessore HC was abolished while the case reached to the Dhaka High Court and remained pending since then.
After 27 years, finally the case came on the cause list of High Court and a notice seeking appointment of lawyer to run the appeal arrived at the residence of Abdul Quader catching him by surprise.
The Jessore farmer then rushed to the capital and sought help of Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee which recently prepared the appeal for its hearing before the HC.
The HC bench of Justice Rezaul Haque after hearing the appeal on Tuesday acquitted the duo of the charge, reports UNB.
The SC Legal Aid Committee panel lawyer Advocate Kumar Debul Dey said the verdict, in fact, will not bring any positive outcome for them but from now on they can claim themselves innocent as the HC acquitted them of the charge.