A Dhaka Court on Monday indicted five members of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh for killing writer Humayun Azad. The fourth Additional Sessions judges court of judge AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan Zinnah accepted the charges and ordered beginning of trial against them.
Azad’s younger brother and also the plaintiff of the case, Manjur Kabir informed bdnews24.com of the court’s decision.
The accused are Mohammad Mizanur Rahman Minhaz alias Shafique alias Shaon alias Hamim alias Hashim, Anwarul Alam alias Bhagne Shahid, Nur Mohammad Shamim alias J M Mobin alias Sabu, Salehin alias Salahuddin alias Sajib alias Tawhid and Hafez Mahmud alias Rakib alias Rasel.
Police said they are members of the banned Islamist outfit.
Nur Mohammad is absconding while the rest were present at the court and pleaded innocence.
According to case details, the CID (Criminal Investigation Department of police) said that Azad had been suffering from hypertension following the attack. They added it was clear from witness testimonies, medical reports, death certificate sent from Germany and autopsy report.
The attack ultimately led to the writer’s death, it was said in the case.
Humayun Azad was attacked on night of Feb 27, 2004 and the police argued it ultimately caused his death. He was attacked opposite the Bangla Academy when he was on his way home from the Ekushey Book Fair.
Azad’s dead body was recovered from his apartment on Aug 12 the same year in Germany where he went for research.
On May 14, the CID submitted supplementary chargesheets in the Azad murder case dropping the name of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee due to lack of proof.
Though an attempt-to-murder case was filed in the beginning, the case turned into a murder case with the submission of the supplementary chargesheets.
Police had earlier submitted two chargesheets on the ‘attempt to murder’ case filed for the attack under the Explosives Act on Nov 14, 2007. But the plaintiff pressed the court for further investigation on Oct 2009.
Azad had hinted journalists of the connections of extremist groups and Sayedee with the attack.
Later a court had ordered CID for further probe into the matter.
Sayedee, who is currently standing trial at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, secured bail in the case from the High Court on May 22 last year.