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The Sharmin murder case is one of the most notorious criminal cases in the history of Bangladesh. Munir Hussain, a wealthy industrialist, killed his wife Sharmin Rima on April 9, 1989 as the culmination of a long-running affair with his mistress Hosne Ara Khuku, a middle-aged woman and the wife of a disabled man. Both Munir and Sharmin came from prominent families — Munir was the son of Dr. Meherunnessa, a renowned physician, and Sharmin was the daughter of a journalist, Nizamuddin Ahmed, who had been killed in the Bangladesh Liberation War by the Al-Badr death squad. The murder investigation and the subsequent trial received blanket coverage in the press. Every new revelation was greeted with dramatic headlines, and the details of the case kept the entire nation gripped for months. Indeed, it may be argued that the Sharmin murder case was the most sensational criminal trial in contemporary Bangladeshi history. The trial concluded on 21 May 1990. Munir and Khuku were both found guilty, and both were condemned to death. Two years later, in July 1992, an appellate court overturned Khuku’s sentence and acquitted her of all charges. Munir’s death sentence was upheld in the face of successive legal appeals. On 3rd and mercy petitions. He was hanged on either July 3, 1993 or July 27, 1993.

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