Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Ex-Bangladesh army officer convicted of killing Mujibur Rahman held | World News


DHAKA: A former Bangladeshi military captain, who was convicted for killing the country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was arrested by police in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed ex-captain Abdul Majed’s arrest and said he had been sent to court to “exhaust legal options”. Majed was one of the six absconding ex-army officers who were handed down capital punishment after their trial in absentia.
Kamal said previous reports indicated Majed was hiding in India and he was arrested from Dhaka upon his return. The minister said Majed, a “self-confessed killer”, was not only involved in Bangabandhu’s killing on August 15, 1975, at his private residence but was also involved in the subsequent murder of four national politicians in high security Dhaka jail on November 3 in 1975.
Majed’s predawn arrest was led by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime ( unit of police in Mirpur based on a tip-off. “Majed was near a shrine in Mirpur when policemen arrested him,” an official said.
Majed was not allowed to give any statement as according to the law convicts do not have the right to do so at this stage of legal proceedings. “The stipulated time for appeal against death penalty expired long ago. Majed now can just seek presidential mercy unless the Supreme Court decides to consider any plea on his part,” a Supreme Court lawyer said.


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