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SC clears way for trial of journo Shimul murder case

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Staff Reporter :
The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for speedy trial tribunal concerned to resume the trial proceedings of journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul murder case in Sirajganj.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed a High Court order that halted the trial proceedings of the case in the speedy trial tribunal.
The apex court chamber judge passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the government seeking stay on the HC order.
Justice Hasan Foez also sent the government petition to the full bench of the apex court for its hearing on October 14.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters that there is no legal bar for the speedy trial tribunal concerned to resume the trial proceedings of Shimul murder case.
Shimul, Shahzadpur correspondent of Daily Samakal, was hit when Halimul Haque Miru, the suspended mayor of Shahzadpur municipality in Sirajganj, allegedly opened fire during a factional clash of ruling Awami League on February 2, 2017. He died the following day.
On February 4, 2017, Shimul's wife Nurunnahar filed a murder case with Shahzadpur Police Station against Miru, his two brothers, and 15 others.
A notification had been issued on December 28, 2018 transferring the case to the speedy trial tribunal of Rajshahi from a Sirajganj court. The accused of the case filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the notification.
After hearing the High court on August 29, 2019, stayed the trail proceedings of the case for six months and issued a rule. The government recently filed a petition with the SC seeking stay on the HC order.

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