Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  
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Interpol, FBI men talk with investigators

The visiting Interpol and FBI members yesterday held talks with the investigators concerned and top officials of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police regarding the August 21 carnage at an Awami League rally in the capital last year.

Interpol terrorism expert Marc H Beauchemin and ballistic expert Grey Lee George, and FBI special agent Trung Vu were also learnt to have quizzed George, a suspect in the grisly grenade attack that left 23 people, including AL's women affairs secretary Ivy Rahman, killed and at least 200 others maimed.

The three foreign experts began their work yesterday, a day after their arrival on invitation from Bangladesh government following recent disclosure of 'crucial clues' to the incident by three arrestees.

They visited the CID office at Malibagh in the morning and reviewed the progress of previous investigations.

They examined pieces of evidence that included post-carnage video tape, footage of the rally, statements of the three arrestees -- top criminal Arman Khan, George and Mokhlesur Rahman, an AL leader and former ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation -- sources said.

Besides, they examined statements of AL leaders and activists who were injured in the incident.

Sources said the visitors inquired about criminal records of top criminals operating in Dhaka and adjacent areas and also those of Arman, George and Mokhlesur.

The three were informed about 'crucial clues' which the government claimed to have got mainly from Arman and Mokhlesur.

A seven-member probe body comprising CID and Rab intelligence personnel was present at the meeting.

The Interpol and FBI men are yet to talk with Arman, now on remand and being quizzed by Rab-4, which arrested him from Dhanmondi on June 3.

Rab sources yesterday evening said the visitors did not ask for talking with Arman.