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Trial yet to be completed in eleven years

  • Published at 01:05 am November 29th, 2016
  • Last updated at 01:07 am November 29th, 2016
Trial yet to be completed in eleven years
Court sources alleged that police were not sincere to produce witnesses before the court while police said the witnesses were not interested to testify. Police constable Rajib Barura and one Shahauddin hailed from Sitakunda upazila were killed and 16 others injured in a suicide bomb attack at police check post on the court building premises in the port city on November 29, 2005. The attack was carried out by the banned militant Islamic outfit Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB). Following the attack, two cases were lodged with Kotwali police station. Of the cases, one was filed over murder and another under explosive act. The accused of the cases were JMB former founder Sayek Abdur Rahaman, his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, JMB operational chief Ataur Rahman Sunny, Chittagong JMB’s divisional commander Javed Iqbal and explosive expert Jahidul Iqbal alias Boma Mizan. In June, 2008, a Chittagong court sentenced two JMB members – Javed Iqbal and Boma Mizan – to life-term imprisonment in the explosive case. On the other hand, the murder case had been shifted to Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal from Chittagong Additional Metropolitan Session Judge 1 court a few days ago, said the court sources. Former Inspector of detectives of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Hla Ching Pru, now Additional Superintendent of Police, submitted the charge sheet to the court, accusing five JMB leaders on May 18, 2006 in the murder case. Brushing aside the negligence of police to produce the witnesses, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (prosecution) Nirmalendu Bikash Chawakrabatry said: “Witnesses would present before the court if they receive summon from court.” Court sources said around 28 witnesses out of 77 testified in the cases so far. Ashok Kumar Das, additional public prosecutor of Chittagong Metropolitan Session Judge 1, said: “Deposition of a few police personnel who are witnesses in the case are yet to be recorded while police are plaintiff of the case and police are also witnesses in the case.” The additional PP also admitted that deposition of the IO did not record as the court was on vacation. “Of the five accused Sayek Abdur Rahaman, Bangla Bhai and Rahman Sunny were hanged in another case while Boma Mizan is on the run and Jabed Iqbal is behind the bar now”, said Ashok Kumar Das. Hope the trial will be completed as soon as possible as it sent to Speedy Trial Tribunal, added the PP.