The four Liberation War heroes
Syed Nazrul Islam, acting president of Bangladesh government in exile in 1971,
Tajuddin Ahmed, prime minister of the same government,
M Mansur Ali, finance minister,
AHM Qamaruzzaman, minister for home affairs, relief and
were killed in captivity by some Army officers.
They were assassinated 79 days after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were killed on August 15, 1975.
Though long 34 years have past, the family members of the assassinated national leaders are yet to get justice as the case is pending in the Supreme Court following government's appeal against a High Court (HC) verdict on the case.
A murder case in connection with the jail killings was filed with Lalbagh Police Station on November 4, 1975, but the then government halted the trial process by promulgating an ordinance that indemnified the assassins. The case is now pending in the Supreme Court's appellate division.
The investigation and trial of the killings remained blocked for about 21 years until the law was scrapped during the 1996-2001 rule of Awami League.
The trial was also delayed due to judicial tangles.
Finally, in 2004 a Dhaka court sentenced three to death and 12 others to life imprisonment for abetting the murderers and acquitted five persons.
But The HC on August 28 last year acquitted six accused persons including Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Farooq-ur Rahman, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major (retd) AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Major (retd) Bazlul Huda.
It upheld the death sentence of Risaldar (retd) Muslemuddin, who is still on the run.
Of the acquitted, Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha were sentenced to death by the trial court. The other four -- Farooq, Rashid, Huda and Mohiuddin -- were given life imprisonment.
The government on September 14,2010 filed five separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the Supreme Court against the High Court Division verdict.
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