Azad was stabbed and seriously injured by JMB activists on the footpath opposite the Bangla Academy in 2004
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded the deposition of Md Nurul Amin, a former staff of Comilla Madrasah Board, as a witness in the Humayun Azad murder case.
Amin told the court that he provided the board’s registration copy of fugitive accused Nur Mohammad to police investigators six years ago on the instruction of then assistant director, Md Mujahidul Islam.
The defence side did not cross-examine Amin, who is the 17th witness to testify in the case.
After recording Amin’s deposition, AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan, Dhaka fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge, fixed October 29 as the next date for hearing other prosecution witnesses.
On July 11, the court recorded the statements of Azad’s daughter, Mouly Azad, and a former Dhaka University (DU) student, Md Shafiqul Islam.
Police yesterday produced four detained accused before the court. A fifth accused, Nur Mohammad, is still on the run. All five are members of the outlawed group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Azad, a DU professor, was stabbed and seriously injured by JMB activists on the footpath opposite the Bangla Academy on the evening of February 27, 2004 as he was returning home on foot from the Ekushey Book Fair.
After undergoing a series of treatments, he died of cardiac arrest during a visit to Munich, Germany on August 12, 2004.
Mohammad Lutfor Rahman, an inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department of police, submitted two charge sheets to a Dhaka court, claiming that the JMB attack had ultimately caused Azad’s death.
On September 10, 2012, nearly eight years after Azad’s death, charges were framed against five JMB activists.