Dhaka – The High Court on Tuesday upheld death sentence for people in fatal beating of a 13-year-old boy in north-eastern Bangladeshi district of Sylhet that sparked nationwide outrage after one of the perpetrators filmed it and posted it online in 2015, officials said.
The bench of Justice Zahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Zahangir Hossain passed the verdict after hearing the death referral and appeals filed by the convicts in the case filed after the brutal killing of the 13-year old boy, Sheikh Md. Samiul Alam Razon at Kumargaon Bus Stand.
In the first verdict passed by a court in Sylhet on November 8, 2015, Kamrul Islam, Tajuddin Badal, and Saddique Ahmed Moyana and Zakir Hossain were given the death penalty for the July 8 murder of Sheikh Samiul Alam Razon.
In the latest verdict by the High Court, the seven-year jail term to three other convicts – Muhith, Ali Haider and Shamim Ahmed – in the case was upheld. It also upheld one-year-imprisonment of two other convicts Dulal and Ayaz.
It revised the life sentence of Nur Ahmed to six-month in jail.
Razon, who had dropped out of school and was selling vegetables, was tied to a pole and beaten to death by a group of people. He was accused of stealing a rickshaw van, but investigators said the allegation was unfounded.
One of those involved in the attack filmed it with a smartphone, and the video went viral sparking protest across Bangladesh.
The victim’s father, Sheikh Azizur Rahman who filed the murder case days after the death of the boy, told reporters that he was happy with the verdict.