A Dhaka court has sentenced 10 persons to death in a case lodged over an attempt to murder Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Kotalipara, Gopalganj, in 2000.
Dhaka 2nd speedy trial tribunal judge Mamtaz Begum passed the order on Sunday, saying the convicts can be executed either by hanging or by shooting, with permission from the High Court.
The death row convicts are Wasim Akhter, Md Yousuf, Md Rashed Driver, Sheikh Forid, Hafez Tarequl Alam Bodor, Maulana Abu Bakkar, Mufti Shofiqur Rahman, Maulana Yahya, Mufti Abdul Hye and Mannan Abdul Rouf.
Mehedi Hasan alias Abdul Wadud, one of the accused, got life term imprisonment and was fined Tk 10,000 in the case.
The court also gave 14 years of rigorous imprisonment to three other accused, including Md Anisul Islam alias Anis and Tk 10,000 fine each.
If they fail to pay the fine, they will have to suffer another year in jail.
A total of 10 people, including Khandaker Kamal Uddin, were also acquitted from the murder attempt charge.
The same court also gave nine people to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 20,000 each in a case filed under explosive substances act over the unearthing of 76 kg explosives near the rally venue of the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Kotalipara in Gopalganj in 2000.
Four out of total 13 accused in the case have been acquitted from the charge.
Police found a 76-kilogram bomb in front of a shop adjacent to Sheikh Lutfur Rahman Govt High School on July 20, 2000 where Hasina was supposed to address a rally on July 22.
Another 40-kg heavy bomb was also recovered by an Army bomb expert squad from near the Kotalipara helipad on July 23.
Nur Hossain, sub-inspector of Kotalipara Police Station, filed a case under the Explosive Substances Act in connection with the incident.
Police pressed charges against 16 people, including executed Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, on April 8, 2001.
On June 29, 2009, police submitted a complementary charge sheet implicating nine more people.
On September 2010, the case was transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 of Dhaka from where the case documents were sent to the tribunal-2.
Of the 25 accused, eight are now in jail while 15 have been on the run and one is on bail.
Moreover, Mufti Hannan was executed on April 12, 2017 over the grenade attack on the then UK High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury at Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet in 2004..