The High Court has started hearing death reference of the case over planting bomb to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Gopalganj in 2000.
A division bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Badruzzaman partially heard the matter on Wednesday.Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah read out verdict of the trial court.
Police recovered 76kg bomb from Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Ideal College at Kotalipara in Gopalganj on July 21, 2000, just a day before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to address a rally.
On August 20, 2017, Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 in Dhaka sentenced 10 leaders and activists of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji) to death in the case.
They death row convicts are Wasim Akter alias Tarek, Rashed alias Abul Kalam, Yusuf Alias Moshab Morol, Sheikh Farid alias Maulana Shawkat Osman, Hafez Zahangir Alam Badar, Maulana Abu Bakar alias Hafez Selim Howlader, Hafez Maulana Yahia, Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, Mufti Abdul Hye and Maulana Abdur Rauf alias Abdur Razzaque.
The court awarded life imprisonment to Mehedi Hasan alias Abdur Wadud and 14 years imprisonment to Anisul Islam alias Anis, Mohibullah alias Mofizur Rahman and Sarwar Hossain Mia.
Huji leader Mufti Hannan was found guilty but acquitted for being executed on April 12, 2017 in a case filed over killing of three people and injuring then British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004