Govt to ensure speedy trial of Abrar murder

Published: November 13, 2019 20:37:46 | Updated: November 14, 2019 12:16:06

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the government will take measures to fast-track the Abrar Fahad murder trial.

The minister made the remarks at a media briefing at the Secretariat on Wednesday after police pressed charges against 25 suspects over the murder of the BUET student, reports bdnews24.com.

Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering, was bludgeoned to death by leaders and activists of BCL in his dormitory on Oct 6 after he criticised the government over a water-sharing deal with India on Facebook.

The call for a speedy trial was one of several demands placed by angry students during the heated protests on the BUET after the incident.

The Speedy Trial Tribunal Act requires the trial procedure in a case to be completed in 90 days, with a provision for an additional 45 days.

The Detective Branch of Police filed charges against 25 suspects in the case within five weeks of the incident on Wednesday.

"The home ministry has to apply for a speedy trial. Once that is done, the legal process to hold the hearing at a speedy trial tribunal will be initiated and the trial proceedings will be completed swiftly," said Anisul.

According to the minister, the case will be disposed of in 135 days at most if it is tried by the speedy trial tribunal.

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