Verdict in MP Liton murder case on Nov 28

Gaibandha Correspondent
Published : 17:02, Nov 19, 2019 | Updated : 17:10, Nov 19, 2019

File photo of Monjurul Islam Liton

A court in Gaibandha has scheduled the verdict in the case filed over the murder of Gaibandha 1 lawmaker Monjurul Islam Liton.
On Tuesday (Nov 19), Gaibandha District and Session Judge Dilip Kumar Bhoumik fixed Nov 28 to deliver its verdict after concluding the trial following arguments by the defence and the closing statement by the prosecution, Public Prosecutor Shafiqul Islam told Bangla Tribune.
Six out of eight suspects including the mastermind of the killing, former Jatiya Party lawmaker Col (retd) Abdul Kader were at the dock during the trial.
Five of the accused -- Kader's personal assistant Shamsuzzaman, his driver Hannan, nephew Mehedi, Shahim and Rana -- are behind bars.
One accused - Butcher Babul - died in jail while another went hiding in India.
The prosecution hoped that the accused would get the maximum penalty.
Claiming Kader is innocent and maintains no link to the murder, defence counsel Abdul Hamid said they would appeal to the top court if the verdict went unsatisfactory.
On Jun 11, the same court sentenced Kader to life imprisonment in an arms case filed in connection to Liton's killing.
On Dec 31, 2016, then Gaibandha 1 MP Liton was shot at his home by unidentified assailants in the district's Sundarganj Upazila.
Later, he succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Following the killing, Liton's elder sister Fahmida Kakuli Bulbul filed a case against five-six unnamed people with Sundarganj police.
Two months after the murder, police arrested Kader, a lawmaker from the constituency, from his Bogra home on Feb 21, 2017, in connection to the killing of Liton.
The police also raided Kader's home in the district's Sundarganj Upazila and recovered a pistol, a magazine, and six bullets.
On Apr 30, 2017, police pressed charges against eight people including Kader for Liton's murder.
The trial in the case opened on Apr 30, 2018, with the court recording statement of as many as 50 witnesses in the murder.