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5 more witnesses testify against DGHS driver in arms case

After recording the depositions, the court adjourned the trial proceedings in the case till Thursday

Update : 25 Aug 2021, 11:44 PM

Five more prosecution witnesses on Wednesday testified before a Dhaka court against Abdul Malek, a driver of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), over his alleged involvement in illegally dealing in firearms and ammunition.

Judge KM Imrul Kayesh of Dhaka Special Tribunal-1 recorded the statements of the witnesses, namely Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Sub-Inspector Sajedul Islam, Corporal Shafiqul Islam, Constable Anisur Rahman, and civilians Motaleb Hossain and Shahidul Islam.

After recording the depositions, the court adjourned the trial proceedings in the case till Thursday.

The tribunal on Tuesday recorded the statements of two other prosecution witnesses, including the complainant of the case. Altogether 7 out of 11 prosecution witnesses have now given depositions in court.

On March 11, the tribunal framed charges against Malek after rejecting a discharge petition filed by his defence counsel in the case.

On January 10, Turag police station Sub-Inspector Rubel Sheikh, investigating officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against the accused at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka, naming 11 people as prosecution witnesses.

On February 14, Judge Emrul Kayesh accepted the charge sheet in the presence of the accused.

RAB arrested Malek in Dhaka's Kamarpara area on September 20 last year over his alleged involvement in various criminal activities. 

They recovered a foreign made pistol, a magazine, five bullets, counterfeit notes worth Tk1.50 lakh, a laptop, and a mobile phone from his possession.

Later, RAB filed a case against Malek with Turag police station under the Firearms Act.

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