Bangladesh leaders mired in ULFA arms case
Several high-profile Bangladeshi politicians and top intelligence officials could face indictment in the country`s biggest arms haul case involving 10 truckloads of weapons allegedly destined for ULFA hideouts in India.
Dhaka: Several high-profile Bangladeshi
politicians and top intelligence officials could face
indictment in the country`s biggest arms haul case involving
10 truckloads of weapons allegedly destined for ULFA hideouts
in India, a top police official has said.
"We are now set to submit the supplementary
chargesheet based on our (extended) investigations within the
stipulated deadline of June 29," a senior official of the
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said.
The official was speaking on the outcome of an
investigation into the arms haul case of 2004.
He said the probe done over three years and 17
extensions revealed "astounding facts" and the proposed
chargesheet would suggest indictment of several high-profile
politicians -- now detained -- and intelligence agency chiefs
for their role in the abortive weapons smuggling.
The extended investigations were carried out under a
court order as the case was initially brought for trial in
2008 before a Chittagong court which declined to accept the
investigation report because of ambiguity or incompleteness.
But the court had to extend its deadline 17 times with
the CID repeatedly seeking extensions for submitting the
supplementary chargesheet as their probe unfolded "revealing
facts" behind the haul.
The official said that the proposed chargesheet, among
others, would seek indictment of now detained former minister
Lutfuzzaman Babar of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist
Party and former minister Motiur Rahman Nizami of the
Jamaat-e-Islami, a crucial ally of ex-Prime Minister Khaleda
Zia`s past BNP-led four party coalition government.