Aug 21 Attack

Defence arguments of 5 accused conclude

Staff Correspondent

4 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Defence arguments of five accused in two cases filed over deadly grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, concluded on Wednesday.

The counsels for Hanif Paribahan owner Md Hanif, Md Khalil, Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad, Haris Chowdhury and Anisul Mursalin concluded their arguments for their respective clients.              

Judge Shahed Nuruddin of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 recorded  arguments of the defence lawyers and fixed January 9 for the next date of hearing.

Earlier, the prosecution concluded the closing arguments, seeking maximum punishment to the 49 accused.

The makeshift court, set up at a building near the gate of former Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road, is holding the trial simultaneously in the cases, one for murder and other under Explosive Substances Act.

On August 21, 2004, the grisly attack on the AL rally left 24 people, including Ivy Rahman, wife of late President Zillur Rahman, dead and over 300 others injured.

Incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, then the opposition leader, survived the attack with serious hearing impairment.