A Patuakhali court yesterday jailed 14 opposition BNP men of Patuakhali district and Mirzaganj upazila units for different terms in a case for attacking an Awami League leader in 2002.
The case was, however, filed in 2007 after then military-backed caretaker government took over.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Al Amin delivered the judgment after examining all records and witnesses after 10 years.
Of the accused, six were present in the court while eight others were absconding, said advocate Syed Mohsin, lawyer for prosecution.
The court sent the accused present to jail while issued warrant for arrest for the absconding accused, the lawyer said.
Of the convicts, Salim Khan, Shah Newaz and Rasel were awarded seven years jail and fined Tk 10,000 each, Palash Howlader and Lovlu Jomaddar were awarded two years imprisonment, Manir Khandakar, Babul Chowdhury, Jewel Khan, Delwar Khan, Habib Howlader, Jabbar Howlader, Liton alias Litu, Mizanur Rahman Bapari and Molon Bapari were awarded imprisonment for nine months each.
Accordance to the prosecution, during the countrywide violence after the 2001 general elections, a group of people led by Babul Chowdhury, younger brother of the then home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, attacked the then Madhokhali union Awami League president Kazi Mokhlesur Rahman on February 28 in 2002, injuring him seriously.
Victim's son Lovlu Kazi filed a case accusing 17 people, including Babul Chowdhury and other BNP men on February 1 in 2007 after the BNP tenure ended.
Mirzaganj Police Station Sub-Inspector Md Mahbubul Alam submitted the charge sheet to the court against 14 on April 7 in 2007 after investigation.
Lawyer for the accused advocate Majibur Rahman Toton said the judgment given in political consideration, adding that they would appeal to the higher court challenging the judgement.