Mujib’s killers case: A chronology of events


llowing is the chronology of the protracted legal process of Bangladesh’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination:

August 15, 1975 – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most of his family members in a predawn putsch, which also topples the post independence Awami League government.

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 major accused of Bangabandhu murder — Sacked lieutenant colonels Syed Farook Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and former state minister Taheruddin Thakur are arrested.

October 2, 1996 – First Information Report (FIR) on the August 15, 1975 carnage is lodged with police by assassinated leader’s personal assistant A F M Mohitul Islam.

October 3, 1996 – CID police takes up the case and launches investigation into the Bangabandhu murder.

November 14, 1996 – Parliament scraps the Indemnity Act paving ways to bring the putsch leaders to justice.

January 15, 1997– CID submits charge sheet against 20 accused to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court.

March 12, 1997 – Trial starts as six arrested accused appeared in court.

April 6, 1997 -Trial court hears charges against the accused.

April 7, 1997 – Trial court indicts the accused.

April 29, 1997 – Trial resumes after High Court rejects the defence counsel’s plea.

April 29, 1997 – Trial is adjourned immediately after the resumption as another defence counsel challenged the constitution of the trial court at its makeshift site (near Dhaka Central Jail) at the High Court and sought High Court’s interpretation on “substantial questions of law” in trying the accused.

July 6, 1997 – Trial starts with 19 accused as High Court relieved Zobaida of charges of plotting the Bangabandhu murder.

July 6, 1997 – Prime witness Mohitual Islam testifies before the court.

March 2, 1998 – Apex Appellate Division of the Supreme Court rejects appeal against the scrapping of the Indemnity Act, after a 15—day hearing, removing the last barrier in trying the killers.

July 9, 1998 – Bangladesh and Thailand sign extradition treaty to bring home back fugitive sacked major Bazlul Huda, one of the two men who allegedly shot Bangabandhu dead.

July 21, 1998 – Hearing of the last of the 61 prosecution witnesses (out of listed 74 PWs) ends.

October 13, 1998 – The 17—month trial process ends on the 146th day of hearing with the end of arguments between the lawyers.

November 8, 1998 – Judge Kazi Golam Rasul hands down death penalties to 15 ex—army officers.

August 24, 2000 – Concurrent death reference and appeal hearing begins in High Court.

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 for all the 15.

February 12, 2001 – The concurrent death reference and appeal haring begins at another High Court b

1 thought on “Mujib’s killers case: A chronology of events

  1. Mohammad Omer Khyam OvI says:

    It is so true to be said that we are the only nation of the entire world who can make things happen from impossible to possible within short span of time. And indeed Mr. Mujib gathered the whole nation to gather to fight for our right and made the country independent in 7 months. but it started with 1952 with the language right establishment, my father & uncle were protester while Pakistan wanted to establish Urdu as mother tongue and in cause of that they got in to jail as well.thought i am from a political family background from both side of my mother and father; my grand pa (mother’s father) was the full time active member and a legitimate worker of Mr Shekh saheb while he was accused in Agartola conceperecy case he’s name mr. lillu mia from akhawra who fought as freedom fighter but never asked for any certification on the other hand my fathers’side my grand father was founder member of chandpur awami muslim legue which later on turned in to awami legue. i think in those days people in evarege were naturally educated though may be they did not have any certificate or degree but had they won love of their country and Bongobondhu had seen the peoples dreams through his eyes to come true. and no matter what happens the leaders of our nation should put more afford to make country prosperity in a most possible faster and legitimate way rather not pointing finger on each other. if a nation can make his country freedom in 7 month then i believe development can be done in 7 months as well.all we need the right intention

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