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Chronology of trial process in murder case of Mujib

Following is the chronology of the trial process in the murder case of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975:



Dhaka: Following is the chronology of the trial process in the murder case of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975:

  • September 26, 1975: Infamous Indemnity Ordinance is promulgated by self-proclaimed president Khondker Mushtaque Ahmed to protect the killers from justice. (Subsequent BNP government later ratified it as Indemnity Act in 1979).
  • June 23, 1996: Awami League under Sheikh Hasina returns to power after 21 years of political wilderness.
  • August 14, 1996: Three key accused in the murder – sacked Lieutenant colonels Syed Farook Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and former state minister Taheruddin Thakur - arrested.
  • October 2, 1996: First Information Report (FIR) on the August 15, 1975 carnage is lodged.
  • October 3, 1996: CID launches investigation into the case.
  • November 14, 1996: Parliament scraps the Indemnity Act paving ways to bring the killers to justice.
  • July 21, 1998: Hearing of the last of the 61 prosecution witnesses (out of listed 74 PWs) ends with the cross-examination of investigating officer Abdul Kahhar Akhand.
  • October 13, 1998: The 17-month trial process ends on the 146th day of hearing.
  • November 8, 1998: Judge Kazi Golam Rasul hands down death penalties to 15 ex-Army officers.
  • December 14, 2000: High Court bench delivers split judgment after 28 days of hearing. Senior judge M Ruhul Amin upholds death penalties of 10 of the 15 and the other judge ABM Khairul Haque confirms the capital punishment to all the 15.
  • February 12, 2001: The concurrent death reference and appeal hearing begins at another High Court bench as the split judgement required the case to be referred to a third judge.
  • April 30, 2001: Third judge Mohammad Fazlul Karim confirms death sentences of 12 of the accused.
  • June 18, 2007: The US returns absconding convict ex-lieutenant AKM Mohiuddin to be brought to justice.
  • October 4, 2009: Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin constitutes a five-member bench at the apex court for the appeal hearing.
  • November 12, 2009: Final hearing ends after 29 days.
  • November 19, 2009: Apex court dismisses appeal prayers upholding the High Court verdict.
  • January 9, 2010: Ex-lieutenant colonels AKM Mohiuddin, Mohiuddin Ahmed and ex-major Bazlul Huda seek presidential clemency.
  • January 9, 2010: The President rejects mercy petitions.
  • January 10, 2010: Ex-lieutenant colonels AKM Mohiuddin and ex-major Bazlul Huda file petitions seeking review of their verdict by the apex court itself.
  • January 11, 2010: Ex-lieutenant colonel Shahriar Rashid Khan files review petition.
  • January 19, 2010: Ex-lieutenant colonel Syed Faruq Rahman and Mohiuddin Ahmed seek review of their sentence.
  • January 27, 2010: Apex court rejects review petitions.
  • January 27, 2010: Ex-lieutenant colonel Syed Faruq Rahman files for clemency before President.
  • January 27, 2010: The President rejects mercy petitions.
  • January 28, 2010: All the five death row convicts are executed.

    PTI

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