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Hearing of arguments starts Oct 23

A Dhaka court will start hearing arguments on October 23 in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.

On completion of recording statements of the prosecution and defence witnesses yesterday, Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed the date.

Starting from 2011, the tribunal recorded statements of 225 prosecution witnesses and 17 defence witnesses.

Twenty-four leaders and workers of Awami League and its associate bodies including Ivy Rahman, the then Mohila AL president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, were killed and over 300 others suffered splinter injuries in the attack on August 21, 2004 on an Awami League rally.

The then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped from the attack with ear injury.

Of the 49 accused, eight accused including former three IGPs are now on bail while twenty-three including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail.

Eighteen accused including BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman have been absconding. Three other accused including Huji leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed were earlier executed in war crimes cases.

The tribunal on March 18 of 2011 framed charges against 52 accused in two cases filed over the attack.

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