Dhaka 1st Speedy Trial Tribunal is set to pronounce its much-awaited judgment today (Wednesday) in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
The reverse chronology of the trial processes of the cases is as follows:
Sept 18 this year: A speedy trial tribunal here in the capital fixed October 10 to deliver its verdict in the cases. Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 has fixed the date after conducting hearing the concluding arguments.
Oct 23, 2017: The prosecution started placing arguments before the tribunal in connection with the two cases.
Feb 13, 2017: Ratul Babu was served red notice.
Feb 5, 2015: Maulana Tajuddin was served red notice.
April 13, 2015: Tarique Rahman was served red notice.
Nov 31, 2015: Harris Chowdhury was served red notice.
July 2, 2011: CID submitted two separate supplementary charge sheets in the cases against 30 people after a fresh investigation.
Aug 3, 2009: A Dhaka court also ordered further investigation into the cases following petitions filed by the prosecution after the Awami League came to power.
Jun 9, 2008: During the last caretaker government’s tenure, the first two charge sheets in the cases were placed before the court, accusing 22 people, including former deputy minister of BNP-Jamaat alliance government Abdus Salam Pintu and 21 HuJI leaders and workers.
Jun 11, 2008: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted a charge-sheet against 22 people in the case.
Aug 22, 2004: The then BNP-led government formed a one-member investigation committee comprising of High Court Justice Jainul Abedin to probe the incident.
Aug 21, 2004: The grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital during the BNP-Jamaat alliance's rule, aiming to kill then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.