SC upholds death for one, acquits four in Shazneen murder
A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha upheld death for Shahidul Islam Shahid and acquitted Syed Sazzad Moinuddin Hasan, Badal, Estema Khatun Minu and her sister Pervin from the charges.
The apex court on May 11 kept the date of the verdict on CAV, court awaiting verdict, as the state and defence concluded their arguments in the matter.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam took part in the hearing for the state, while Justice (retired) Nazrul Islam Chowdhury and AM Aminuddin argued for the defence.
Shazneen Tasnim Rahman, 15, a student of class nine of Scholastica School and daughter of Latifur Rahman, chairman of Transcom Limited, was raped and killed at her Gulshan residence in Dhaka on April 23, 1998.
A special tribunal on September 2, 2003, sentenced all the six convicts in the case to death. Acting on appeals, the High Court on July 10, 2006, upheld death for five.
Earlier on April 26, 2009, four convicts filed appeals with the Appellate Division. Later, another convict filed an appeal.