Dhaka, Dec 6 (bdnews24.com) — Hearing on the government's appeal against the High Court order in jail killing case has been adjourned until Jan 9, 1011.
A regular bench of the Appellate Division, presided by chief justice ABM Khairul Haque, on Monday adjourned the hearing following an appeal from the government for re-trial.
Chief counsel of the government Anisul Haque said they needed time for submitting records of 'conspiracy' and for discussions with relatives of the persons killed in jail.
Attorney general Mahbub-e-Alam was present at the hearing.
The present government revived the long-pending jail killing case after assuming office and following the verdict on Bangabandhu murder case.
Hearing on the government's appeal started on Nov 7.
The four leaders of the wartime national government—acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed and cabinet ministers M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman—were brutally killed inside Dhaka Central Jail on Nov 3, 1975.
Children of the four national leaders, who are also Awami League leaders, have been pressing their demand for a re-trial after most of the accused of the jail killing case were freed.
During the tenure of Awami League, accusations were submitted against 23 persons on Oct 15, 1998, 23 years after the case had been filed.
On Oct 20, Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Mohammad Matiur Rahman gave order of death sentence to Risalder Moslem Uddin (absconding), Dafader Marfat Ali Shah (absconding) and LD (Dafader) Abul Hashem Mridha (absconding).
Life-time imprisonment was given to 15 persons including death-row convicts of Bangabandhu killing case Syed Faruk Rahman, Sultan Shariar Rashid Khan and Bazlul Huda.
BNP leaders KM Obaidur Rahman, Shah Moazzem Hossain, Nurul Islam Manjur and Taher Uddin Thakur were freed.
The government on Sep 14, 2009, filed a leave-to-appeal against the verdict.