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Mohib Ullah murder: Key suspect confesses in court

Azizul Haque was arrested with three others from Lambasia Rohingya camp in Ukhiya early Saturday
Update : 29 Dec 2021, 03:54 PM

A key suspect believed to have directly taken part in the assassination of prominent Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah has given a confessional statement before a magistrate

Police on Saturday produced Azizul Haque, a Rohingya man, in the court of Cox's Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate, confirmed Ukhiya police station Sub Inspector Kartik Chandra.

Magistrate Jerin Sultana recorded his statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, said the police officer who is also the investigating officer of the murder case.

In his statement, Azizul admitted to having been a member of the killing squad that executed the assassination of Mohib Ullah on September 29.

He also identified one Abdur Rahman as the mastermind behind the attack.

It was Abdur who shot to confirm the kill and it was Azizul’s job to stay ready to shoot if others missed their target, he added.

Also read - Police: Mohib Ullah assassinated to undermine Rohingya repatriation efforts

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) arrested Azizul Haque and three others from the Iron Bridge area in Kutupalong Lambasia Rohingya camp under the Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar at around 4am on Saturday.

The three were identified as Rashid Prakash Murshid Amin, Md Aanas, and Nur Mohammad.

Upon interrogating the suspects, APBn learned detailed information in relation to the planning and execution of the attack.

According to their statement, the gang planned the assassination two days prior to the day of the attack. They held a meeting in the remote hills of Morgaz in Lambasia at 10pm on September 27.

There, they discussed how Mohib Ullah was quickly becoming an influential leader by playing a central role in the Rohingya repatriation process.

So, they decided that he had to be stopped and made plans to assassinate him on September 29.

Mohib Ullah, the chairman of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, had come to be known as a "voice for the Rohingya" in the Western media.

The teacher-turned-rights activist was one of the most high-profile advocates for the Rohingyas. He was invited to the White House and to speak to the UN Human Rights Council.

In the case filed over his murder, police had earlier arrested five people, one of whom already has given a confessional statement to a magistrate.

Meanwhile, just weeks into his murder, six Rohingya refugees were killed on Friday in an attack led by armed criminals at a madrasa in Balukhali Camp 18.

Also read - Eight detained over deadly Rohingya camp attack

A gang armed with guns and sharp weapons attacked the madrasa before dawn and killed three teachers, two volunteers and a student, police said.

Over one million Rohingyas live in a cluster of camps in Cox’s Bazar, with most having fled Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017.

The sprawling settlements have become increasingly violent, residents say, with armed gangs vying for power as well as kidnapping and murdering critics. 

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