A Rangpur court on Tuesday sentenced five members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and acquitted one in a case filed for the murder a Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi.
A Rangpur special sessions judge’s court of Noresh Chandra Sarkar pronounced the verdict around 11:00 am.
The death row convicts are Masud Rana, 21, alias Mamun alias Montri and Ihsak Ali, 25, of Poshua Tangailpara village under Pirgachha upazila; Liton Mia, 23, alias Rafiq of Gabtoli area under Bogra Sadar upazila; Shakhawat Hossain, 32, of Haldiachar in Gaibandha's Saghata upazila; and Ansar Ullah Ansari.
The court also acquitted another accused Abu Sayeed, 28, as allegations brought against him were not proved.
On October 3, 2015, three assailants shot Kunio Hoshi to death on Mahiganj-Haraganj highway at Kachu Alutari village of Kawnia upazila of the district.
The three assailants riding on a bike shot Kunio to death when he was going to grass farm-yard by a rickshaw.
A case was filed with Kawnia police station in connection with the murder.
In mid-November 2016, eight members of JMB were charged in connection with the murder. Of them, five people are in a Rangpur jail, two died in "gunfights" with law enforcers and the last is yet to be arrested.