2004 FM killing: Ex-junior minister to be indicted
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 00:12
Dhaka: A northeastern Bangladeshi court is expected to indict a former influential junior minister in the 2004 murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria who was killed in a grenade attack, officials said.

"We have submitted today the supplementary chargesheet as the re-investigations found 14 people, including (detained former state minister) Lutfuzzaman Babar and (militant kingpin) militant kingpin MuftyHannan involved in the murder," seven years ago, a police spokesman said to a news agency.

He said the the Judicial Magistrate Court of Habiganj accepted the supplementary chargesheet and was expected to set a date tomorrow for indictment hearing on the case.

His comments came as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police formally accused the suspects before a court in northeastern Habiganj, the scene of the murder and hometown of Kibria, an international bureaucrat turned politician.

CID officials said their extended investigation into the case found 14 people, mostly operatives of Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh (HuJI) operatives, along with Babar to be involved in the murder.

But, they said they kept the names of the 10 previously accused in the supplementary charge sheet leaving their matter to be decided by the court.

Of the new 14 accused, nine were already in jail to face the murder trial as they were arrested in course of the probe while eight out of previous 10 accused too were in prisons.

The high profile leader of the Awami League was killed in a grenade attack on January 27, 2004 as he was addressing a public rally at his constituency in Habiganj.

The incident sparked international condemnation but subsequent police investigations yielded little results. The Awami League had long been alleging that the past BNP-led four party regime tried to influence the probe process to save the "real culprits" also pointing fingers at Babar.

During the subsequent military-backed interim government, a court on February 26, 2007 ordered a further investigation into the case as the family members of the ex-finance minister declined to accept the original charge sheet through a "na-raji" petition.

They challenged the trial process initiated by the then BNP-led four-party alliance government.

Babar is also a suspect in several other criminal cases and await trial at different courts.


First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 00:12

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