SC upholds HC verdict in Khalaf murder case

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PV Desk : The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 1) upheld the full verdict given by the High Court earlier, in a case filed over killing Khalaf Ali, a Saudi Arabia Embassy official in Dhaka.

Of the five accused, the HC sentenced Saiful Islam Mamun to death while life term imprisonment for Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu alias Rony and Rafiqul Islam Khokon. Another accused, Selim Chowdhury alias Selim was acquitted.

On Wednesday, an Appellate bench of three justices led by Acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the verdict, after hearing on an appeal filed by the state against the High Court order.

Earlier, Dhaka-4 Speedy Trial Tribunal ordered death penalties to all the five accused, in December 2012.

Later, the High Court upheld the death sentence for Saiful given by the tribunal.

Besides, death-penalties were commuted to life-terms for Al Amin, Akbar and Rafiqul while Selim was acquitted.

However, Khalaf Al Ali, 45, the embassy official, was shot before a house holding no#19/B, Road#120, in the diplomatic area of Gulshan, at around 01:00am March 6, 2012.