A court in Rajshahi has sentenced Saifuddin Yahya, a student of Rajshahi University and ex-secretary of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir, to a life sentence over an arms case.
The sentence was delivered by Judge Golam Ahmed Khalilur Rahman on Monday afternoon at Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal.
In the case filed against him under the Arms Act, he was sentenced to life under one clause, while in another clause he was sentenced to 10 years. At the time, Saifuddin was present in court.
In a concise statement of the case filed by police, it was said that on 26 September, 2013, a team of RAB-5 arrested the said accused along with seven others in a nightly raid at Malopara area of the city at about 3 am and recovered a foreign pistol, along with various local arms.
After the incident, DAD of RAB Altaf Hossain, filed a case under the Arms Act as plaintiff at Boalia model thana. At the end of the investigation on 31st October of the same year, the investigation officer filed the charge sheet in the case, stating Shibir leader Saifuddin Yahya as the prime accused in the case. In the same charge sheet however, the seven others were acquitted, while the identity of Saifuddin as university Shibir secretary seemed to be the deciding factor in the police building the case against him.
The case was transferred to Speedy Trial tribunal on 3 August of the current year. In the course of the trial, 18 witnesses gave testimony. At the end of the trial process, the verdict was given on Monday by by Judge Golam Ahmed Khalilur Rahman.