School Girl Murder Case: 4 Sentenced to Death

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Dhaka: A tribunal has sentenced four people to death for the rape and murder of ninth-grader Jakia Sultana Champa in Faridpur in 2012.

Judge Abdur Rahman Sardar of Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 also slapped 20,000 fines on each. The convicts will have to serve three additional years in prison if they fail to pay the fine.

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The convicts are Jahid Sardar, 24, Shamim Mandal, 24, Akash Mandal, 24, of Rajbari, and Babul Hossain, 22, of Faridpur.
The court cleared a fifth accused, Mousumi Begum, of the charges.

Purdia High School student Champa was found hanging from a tree near her house on Dec 13, 2012. Her brother Hasibul Islam accused six persons in a case two days later. But police pressed murder and rape charges in court against five people on May 20, 2013.

The student’s body was exhumed for a second post-mortem examination because of a mass agitation, Faridpur Public Prosecutor Md Khasruzzaman said.

The case was shifted to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 on June 9 last year.

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