BDChronicle desk report:
Motiur Rahman Nizami, the former minister for trade and industries and the Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, and Lutfojjaman Babor, the former state minister for home affairs, have been sentenced to death in the 10 trucks arms smuggling case by the Special Tribunal – 1 in Chittagong. A total of 14 defendants have been sentenced to death by the Special Tribunal – 1. The verdict has been issued nearly 10 years after the case was filed.
Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal Judge SM Mojibur Rahman pronounced the verdict in the case in presence of 11 detained defendants.
The tribunal on January 13 fixed the date for delivering the verdict in the arms haul case today (Thursday) on completion of arguments by the prosecution and the defense.
On April 1, 2004, ten trucks of arms were seized from two vessels at the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd jetty.
Two cases, one for arms and another for smuggling, were filed with the Karnaphuli police station on the following day under the Special Powers Act and the Arms Act.
Fifty people were made accused in the arms case and another 52 in the other case.
The defendants condemned to death are: the military commander of Indian Separatist organization ULFA, Paresh Baruwa, former secretary of trade Nurul Amin, former director-general of DGFI Major General (Rtd.) Rezzakul Haidar Chowdhury, former director-general of NSI Brigadier General (Rtd.) Mohammad Abdur Rahim, former NSI director wing commander (Rtd.) Shahab Uddin Ahmad, former assistant director of NSI Major (Rtd.) Liakat Hossain, a field operative of the NSI Akbar Hossain Khan, the managing director of CUFL Mohsin Uddin Talukdar, the director-general (admin) KM Enamul Huq, Hafizur Rahman, Din Mohammad, and Haji Abdus Sobhan. Paresh Barua and Nurul Amin are absconding. Haji Abdus Sobhan was on bail. 38 defendants have been acquitted in the arms smuggling case.
The same 14 defendants have been sentenced to life imprisonment in the arms case stemming from the same incident but which is separate from the arms smuggling case. 36 defendants have been acquitted in this case.
Source: BD Chronicle