Death-row convict Minni appeals to HC 

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:42, Oct 06,2020 | Updated: 00:10, Oct 07,2020


Death-row convict Ayesha Siddiqua Minni on Tuesday appealed to the High Court challenging the lower court’s verdict that sentenced her and five others to death for murdering her husband Rifat Sharif in broad daylight in Barguna.

Minni also prayed for her acquittal, citing 20 reasons in her 451-page appeal.

‘I hope her appeal will be heard on a priority basis after the preparation of the paper-book on the death reference,’ her lawyer ZI Khan Panna told New Age.

Panna also hoped that the court would acquit her to establish the rule of law.

Death reference against Minni and five others is pending with the High Court for preparing a paper-book before hearing in the case begins.

On Sunday, the High Court received Rifat murder case’ verdict from the Barguna District and Sessions Judges’ Court for the scrutiny.

Court official told New Age that the Rifat murder case documents contained 4,580 pages.

The other death sentence recipients are Rakibul Hasan alias Rifat Faraji, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Rabbi Akan, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy alias Tiktok Hridoy, 22, and Md Hasan, 19.

The court fined the convicts Tk 50,000 each.

The court also acquitted four accused — Md Musa, 22, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagar, 19, and Kamrul Hasan Saymun, 21, as the allegation against them were not proved.

Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight by the criminals in front of Barguna Govt College on June 26, 2019, with his wife Minni resisting the murderers all alone.

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