BANGLADESH: JHALAKATHI JUDGE KILLER JMB MAN EXECUTED
October 16, 2016: JMB member Asadul Islam Arif, who was given death penalty in Jhalakathi judges Jagannath Pare and Sohel Ahmed killing case, has beenÂ hanged in Khulna district jail.
The sentence was executed atÂ 10:30pm on October 16 amid tight security, Khulna Jail Super Kamrul Islam confirmed the Dhaka Tribune.
Khulna Deputy Commissioner Nazmul Ahsan, DIG Prisons (Jessore) Tipu Sultan, Magistrate Md Nur-e-Alam Siddique, Civil Surgeon Dr Md Abdur Razzak and Jail Superintendent Kamrul Islam were present during the execution.
Arif and six other JMB leaders including its founder Shayakh Abdur Rahman and second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai were sentenced to death on May 29, 2006. The six were executed on March 29, 2007 after the Appellate Division upheld their sentence and the president turned down their mercy petitions.
The four others executed were Jamaâatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Majlish-e-Sura members Ataur Rahman Sunny, Abdul Awal Molla alias Omar alias Shakil Ahmed and Amjad Hossain alias Khalid Saifullah, and suicide bomber Iftekhar Hassan Al Mamun.
Arif, who was absconding during the trial, was arrested on July 10, 2007 and appealed against his sentence. Finally the Appellate Division rejected his appeal on August 28 this year.
He is the first death-row convict executed at the Khulna jail after a decade. On May 9, 2004, the jail authorities hanged top criminal Ershad Sikder.
Hailing from Bandorgachhia village of Barguna, Arifâs relatives were allowed to meet him at noon. He would be buried at his in-lawâs village in Bagerhatâs Morelganj, family sources said.
Senior assistant judges of the Jhalakathi court Jagannath Pare and Sohel Ahmed were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Purba Chadkati of the town when they were going to the court on a microbus on November 14, 2005 as part of the JMBâs all-out attacks on the courts and law enforcers across the country.
Sohel died on the spot while Jagannath succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. JMB member Mamun, who was injured in the attack, was arrested from the spot.
The JMB recently said that their members had conducted the suicide attacks after the August 17, 2005 series blasts as the then âgovernment did not respond to their call for establishing Islamic rule in the country positively.â
After the execution of the six JMB leaders, its members shot dead Jhalakathi public prosecutor Haider Hossain who represented the state in the case âas the first revenge.â
A Jhalakathi court in February last year sentenced to death five members of the JMB for the murder of Haider. (Sources: dhakatribune.com, 16/10/2016)