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HC upholds death penalty in ex-UK envoy Anwar attack case

12The High Court has reinstated a lower court’s verdict that convicted five Huji militants for the assassination attempt on former British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury which killed three people and left more than 70 others injured at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain gave the verdict in the murder case on Thursday afternoon.
The court started hearing on the death references on January 6 this year.
Anwar, currently serving as the British Ambassador to Peru, along with 70 others sustained injuries in the attack launched after the Jumma prayers on May 21, 2004.
Hailing from Sylhet, Anwar served as the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh until 2008.
Three militants of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) – Mufti Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul, and Md Delwar Hossain alias Ripon – were sentenced to death while two others – Hannan’s brother Muhibullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Mainuddin Khaja alias Abu Jandal – given life-term jail by the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on December 23, 2008.
Another case was filed over the use of explosives is currently under trial at a Sylhet court.
In his confessional statement, Hannan said that Jandal had supplied the grenades through Bipul and Ripon. HujiB received the grenades from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).