Vol. 5 Num 156 Thu. October 28, 2004  
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Arms Case
Hazari jailed for 7 years

A court here yesterday sentenced former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Joynal Abedin Hazari of Feni to seven years jail for illegally possessing a foreign-made pistol.

Judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal Hasan Imam handed down the verdict in a crowded courtroom amid tight security in the afternoon.

Hazari has been absconding since a joint team of police and BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) recovered arms and ammunition from his residence at Mastarpara in Feni on August 17, 2001.

According to the prosecution, Hazari possessed a Spanish pistol despite cancelling its licence and the firearm was recovered by the law enforcers from his residence during the drive.

Police filed a case under Section 11(8) of the Arms Act, 2001 against Hazari on October 30 last year. The case was transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong, for quick disposal.

Court sources said more then 40 cases were filed against the former AL lawmaker since 1970.

On August 10, 2003, a court at Feni sentenced Hazari to seven years imprisonment for possessing illegal firearms.