MNA Editorial Desk: Shahidul’s plea for death sentence review was declined by Supreme Court in brutal Shazneen murder case. Shahidul Islam and five others, were awarded death sentence in 2003. Three years later, High Court acquitted one of them.
Shahidul, the caretaker of the house was the main planner of the killing. He appealed to the Supreme Court to review his death sentence. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has rejected defendant’s plea to review his death sentence in 1998 Shazneen murder case.
After hearing the defendants’ appeal against the order, the Appellate Division upheld capital punishment for Shahidul and released the rest on Aug 2 of last year.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order on Sunday after hearing Shahidul’s plea presented by his lawyer SK Saha. Shahidul can now only seek Presidential pardon.
The sentence would be executed after settling of his appeal if he seeks clemency from the President.
Monoj Kumar Bhoumick, who aided SK Saha during the hearing, told that they would start the process for seeking Shahidul’s clemency from the President if the client wanted that after the order on review was published.
Shazneen Tasnim Rahman, daughter of Transcom Group Chairman Latifur Rahman, was killed at her residence at capital’s Gulshan on Apr 23, 1998. She was a ninth grader at Scholastica. The incident shocked the whole country as it raised several questions and concerns.