JHALAKATI, Feb 20 (UNB): Four top leaders of militant outfits JMB and JMJB were awarded Monday 40 years imprisonment each under the provision of the explosives act in the judges killing case, in the second-phase verdict of speedy trial in Barisal.
The convicts are fugitives Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman, operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, and Mullah Omar and Amjad Hossain of JMJB.
Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal pronounced the verdict, awarding each of the four convicts life-term imprisonment and 10 years imprisonment under separate sections of the law.
According to prosecution, senior assistant judges Sohel Ahmed and Jagannath Pandey were killed in a powerful bomb blast perpetrated by a self-proclaimed suicide squad member of the banned Islamic outfit JMB on November 14, 2005.
Earlier, the court also awarded the same punishment to three other convicts: suicide squad-member Iftekhar Hossain Mamun, and JMB top brass Ataur Rahman Sunny and Abdul Awal.
Sultan Hossain Khan, accused of renting a house for the JMB suicide bombers, was acquitted.
After examining the records and witnesses, judge Md Abdul Motin handed down the verdict.