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Kibria murder charge framing deferred for 9th time

2The Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Sunday again deferred the charge framing in the ex-Finance Minister SAMS Kibria murder case.
Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal judge Makbul Ahsan passed the order as suspended Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Ariful Haque could not appear before the court for his illness, and said a new date for the charge framing will be fixed later, UNB reports.
The court also ordered to submit a report on health condition of Ariful Haque on September 13 after formation of a medical board.
With this, the charge framing in the sensational case has been deferred for the ninth time.
Earlier, the charge framing in the murder case was deferred on August 25.
The Kibria murder case was transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal from Habiganj Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on June 11 for its quick disposal.
Five people, including Kibria, were killed and 70 others injured in a grenade attack on a public rally of local Awami League at Baidder Bazar in Sadar upazila on January 27, 2005.
Awami League leader Abdul Mazid Khan filed two cases — one for murder and another under the Explosives Substances Act — with the Habiganj Police Station the following day.
Assistant Superintendent of CID Munshi Atique submitted a chargesheet against 10 BNP leaders and activists on March 19, 2005.
On June 20, 2011, CID Senior Assistant Superintendent Rafiqul Islam submitted a supplementary chargesheet incorporating the names of 14 more people, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Mufti Hannan, following a naraji (non-confidence) petition filed by the plaintiff.
Upon an appeal by the complainant, the High Court on May 5, 2006 stayed the proceedings of the cases.
Following another appeal by the complainant, the tribunal on May 14, 2006 ordered further investigation into the cases.
After further probe, Rafiqul submitted the first supplementary charge-sheet. However, Asma Kibria, wife of the slain minister, filed a petition with a local court expressing no-confidence in the investigation.
The court then forwarded the case documents along with the petition to the tribunal concerned.
Later on January 5, 2012, the tribunal ordered the CID to carry out further probe into the killing.