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Charge framing in Kibria killing July 14

23A Sylhet court yesterday adjourned until July 14 the framing of charges in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case.
Charges were scheduled to be framed yesterday but Judge Makbul Ahsan gave the adjournment order as the majority of the accused did not appear in court.
He also ordered the jail authorities to produce all the accused before the court on that day.
Only five of the 32 people accused in the case were present in the court yesterday. Among the 32, 14 are in jail, eight have been granted bail and the remaining 10 are in hiding.
Habiganj municipality mayor GK Gaus, who had been temporarily suspended, and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami member Nayeem Arif were among the five produced before the judge yesterday.
Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal’s Public Prosecutor Kishore Kumar Kar said the accused except the five could not be produced before the court because of illness. “Some of them appeared in other courts to attend hearings on other cases.”
Sylhet City Corporation mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, who had been temporarily suspended, was ill and failed to come to the court, sources said.
Earlier, charges were slated to be framed in the murder case on June 21 but the court had to put it off until July 6 for the same reason as yesterday’s.
On December 21 last year, the Criminal Investigation Department’s Senior ASP Meherunnesa Parul submitted a complementary charge sheet to court, accusing 35 people in the case.
In the charge sheet, the court was petitioned for clearing three people – Yusuf Bin Sharif of Chittagong, Abu Bakar alias Abdul Jalil of Moulvibazar and in the case and Ahsan Ullah Kajol of Faridpur – in the case and the court accepted it.
Kibria, also an Awami League leader who was the finance minister of the Awami League government from 1996 to 2001, and four others died in a grenade attack at a rally in Habiganj on January 27, 2005.