Kamal killing |
Adel, sons, 2 others acquitted
Former deputy mayor of Dhaka Jahangir Mohammad Adel and the four other accused of the murder of Awami League leader Mohammad Kamal Hossain, have been acquitted of charges.
The others are Jahangir's two sons Zobayed Mohammad Adel and Tareq Mohammad Adel and two alleged hoodlums -- Nitya Sarker and Shahed Parvez alias Pappu.
The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka gave the judgement, about three years after the murder of the AL leader.
In the verdict, Judge Mohammad Sirajul Islam said charges brought against the defendants were not proved beyond doubt, making way for the acquittal.
Jahangir, Tareq and Pappu were present in the dock. Zobayed and Nitya Sarker are absconding.
Kamal, 30, senior vice-president of Kotwali thana unit of the city AL, was gunned down on August 15, 2000, as he protested the hoisting of Pakistan's national flag atop the residence of Jahangir Mohammad Adel on August 14, Pakistan's National Day.
The victim's brother, Moham-mad Nazir Hossain, filed a murder case with the Kotwali Police Station, accusing Jahangir and the four others. The investigation officer of the case pressed charges against them on March 2, 2001.
The court framed charges against the accused on June 21, 2001 and the trial began on August 5 the same year.
Seventy-year-old Almachi Begum, mother of murdered Kamal Hossain, is being taken to hospital after she fainted on hearing the acquittal of the accused in her son's killing case. Photo: STAR