21 Sep 2021, 19:54

SC upholds death for two in Patuakhali Tania murder case 

   DHAKA, Sept 21, 2021 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court 
(SC) today upheld a High Court judgement that had confirmed a lower court 
verdict sentencing three people to death in a case lodged over abduction, 
rape and subsequently murder of a child named Tania in Dashmina upazila of 
Patuakhali in 2005. 

   The Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain 
passed the verdict, dismissing appeals of the two convicts Nur Alam Howlader 
alias Pachu alias Sumon alias Nurul Alam and Miraj Khalifa alias Md Miraj 
alias Md Miraj Hossain Khalifa. The court also abated (dropped) the appeal 
filed by third convict Jafar Gazi as he has already died. 

   According to the case documents, the three convicts had abducted Tania on 
September 20, 2005, raped and subsequently killed her. Police while probing 
the case filed over the barbaric murder, arrested the three and they 
confessed their crimes before the court. 

   Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal on April 27, 2006, convicted and sentenced 
the trio to death. They filed appeals against the lower court judgement and 
their death reference also came to the High Court for its approval. 

    The High Court after hearing the matters scrapped their appeals and 
upheld the death sentence given by the lower court, making the three to 
appeal with the Supreme Court to save their necks.

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