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Arms case: Verdict against DGHS driver on Sept 20

He was indicted on March 11 in the case

Update : 13 Sep 2021, 06:04 PM

A Dhaka court has fixed September 20 to deliver the verdict in a case against Abdul Malek, a driver of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), for his alleged involvement in dealing illegal firearms and ammunition.

Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Robiul Alam set the date after concluding the closing argument of prosecution and defence on Monday.

Additional Public Prosecutor Taposh Kumar Paul Ghulam said: “We expect the accused will get the capital punishment as the prosecution has been able to prove charges against him.”

However, one of the defence lawyers said the prosecution had failed to prove the charges brought against Malek in the arms case and they hope he will be acquitted.

Earlier, on March 11, a court framed charges against Malek in the case. He had pleaded not guilty and demanded justice during the hearing.

A total of 13 prosecution witnesses testified during the hearing.

Malek was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from Dhaka’s Turag area on September 20 last year for extortion and running illegal firearms trade in that area.

Based on secret information, a RAB 1 team had conducted a drive at a seven-storey building in the Kamarpara area of Turag and arrested him.

One foreign-made pistol, one magazine, five rounds of bullets, fake currency worth around Tk1.50 lakh, one laptop and one mobile phone were recovered from his possession.

Later, RAB filed two cases against Malek at Turag police station, one under the Firearms Act and the other under the Special Powers Act.

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He was allegedly involved in many illegal activities and made huge wealth by transferring employees of different departments through lobbying.

On January 10, police submitted the charge sheet in the case.

The rise of Malek

With an educational qualification of class eight, Malek first joined the Savar Health Project as a driver in 1982. In 1986, he started working as a driver at the transport pool of DGHS.

According to RAB, there are two seven-storey buildings in the name of Malek's first wife Nargis Akter in South Kamarpara. He has also a 10 to 12 katha plot adjacent to the buildings.

There is a dairy firm on a 15 katha plot at South Kamarpara in the name of his eldest daughter.

Besides, Malek has also an under-construction 10-storey building on four katha of land in the capital city’s Hatirpool area.

He also has a huge amount of money deposited in different banks.

During interrogation, Malek disclosed the names of several other government employees who are also involved in corruption.

According to sources, Malek had an “intimate” relationship with two former directors general (DG) of the DGHS and Medical Education and Family Welfare Division as he used to drive their government-issued vehicles.

Many used to refer to Malek as the “Shadow DG” and because of his very close ties with a former DG of the DGHS, people in the health sector knew him as his “foster son.”

However, senior DGHS officials claimed that they were not aware of information regarding Malek’s corruption.

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