Supplementary charge-sheet in Humayun Azad case soon: CID

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will soon submit a supplementary charge-sheet in a case for attempt to kill late Professor Humayun Azad on February 27, 2002.

At least four more people including Jamaat-e-Islami Naybe Ameer Mawlana Delwar Hossain Saydee, three JMB leaders Salahuddin, M Rafiq Hasan Rasel alias Hafiz Mahmud and Golam Mostofa alias Mostofa are likely to be indicted in the supplementary charge-sheet, CID officials said.

“The investigation is almost complete and we will soon submit the supplementary charge-sheet in the case,” Special Superintendent of CID and supervising officer of the case Abdul Kahar Akand told BSS today.

After more than four years and nine months of the attempt on Dr Azad’s life, CID on November 11, 2007 submitted the first charge-sheet accusing five leaders and activists of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

The first charge-sheet accused are JMB chief Mawlana Shaikh Abdur Rahman, his brother Ataur Rahman Sunny, his second-in- command Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai, Nur Mohammad Shibu alias Shamim alias Mizanur Rahman and Anwarul Alam alias Bhagne Shaheed.

Of them, Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai and Sunny were executed in a two judges’ killing case in Jhalokathi.

Two JMB activists, Bhagne Sheheed and Mizanur Rahman, made confessional statements under section 164 before the court.

In the confessional statements, they said they attacked the writer, whose novel Pak Sar Zamin Sat Bat had criticised bitterly the role of Razakars, who collaborated with the Pakistani occupation army, in 1971 and for playing a vital role against militancy.

He was in a coma for several days before recovering at the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital and then at the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.

Detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee, now facing war crime charges, was shown arrested in the attempted murder case. CID officials said Sayedee had called Azad ‘murtad’ and ‘an enemy of Islam’ in parliament and elsewhere and called for giving him a ‘good lesson.’

On August 11, 2004, Professor Azad was found dead in his apartment in Munich, Germany. Officials of the German Embassy in Dhaka informed his family of the matter the next day.

He was staying alone in the apartment on the Munich University campus since his arrival on August 8 on an invitation from the writers’ forum PEN International to do research on German writer Heinrich Heine.


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