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5 ex-policemen sentenced to death

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A Chattogram court on Monday sentenced five former police men to death in the case filed over the massacre of 24 people who attended Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's rally in Chattogram city in 1988.
Acting Judge of Divisional Special Court Ismail Hossain handed down the verdict on Monday afternoon, after the completion of the defense's argument.  
Among the convict's, Mostafizur Rahman, Pradip Barua, Shah Md Abdullah, and Mamtaj Uddin were present before the court. But, Gobinda Chandra  (GC) Mandal, who is the former Patrol Inspector of Chattogram Kotwali area, is absconding.
Three of the eight charge sheetted accused Police Commissioner Kazi Raqibul Huda, Constable Basir Uddin and Abdus Salam in the case had already passed away, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Mesbah Uddin Chowdhury.
"The defense did not present its argument as it was scheduled for yesterday [Monday] morning. The court then decided to give its verdict in the afternoon," he said.
As many as 53 witnesses have testified in court for the case, according to the PP.
On May 14, 1998, the police submitted a charge sheet against 47 people. Later the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was ordered by the court to probe the killing. It filed the first charge sheet on January 12, 1997.
The second charge-sheet filed on November 3, 1998, following an extended probe, named eight police personnel.
The accusing eight persons -- then Police Commissioner of the Chattogram Metropolitan Rakibul Huda, Inspector Gobinda Chandra Mondal alias GC Mondal, constables Mostafizur Rahman, Prodip Barua, Momtaj Uddin, Shah Md Abdullah, Abdus Salam and Bashir Uddin.

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