TAVELLA MURDER : Quayum’s brother on eight-day remand

Staff Correspondent

Former BNP ward commissioner MA Quayum’s brother MA Matin was remanded in police custody on Thursday for eight days for interrogation in the case for the murder of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the order as investigation officer of the case inspector Zeahad Hossain produced Matin before the court.
During the hearing, Matin’s counsel SM Shawkat Hossain Miah moved a petition seeking bail for Matin stating that the law enforcers picked up Matin 13 days ago from in front of his Badda house on October 20.
Matin’s family lodged a missing complaint with Badda police station on October 27.
Police statements regarding Matin’s arrest were misleading, Shawkat said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police media centre, however, claimed that the Detective Branch of police arrested Matin at Benapole in Jessore on Wednesday night while he was trying to leave the country.
Matin was named in the confessional statement of Minhajul Arefin Russell, one of four suspects already in custody, the police claimed.
On October 29, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Quayum was the ‘Bara Bhai’ who had hired the four men who allegedly killed Tavella.
A day later, the minister corrected himself saying that Quayum was ‘one of’ the top suspects.
Quayum on Thursday again denied any involvement in the killing and alleged that his brother was taken in custody only ‘to implicate him and his party leadership in the case.’
The metropolitan magistrate on the day also recorded a statement of one of the four suspects, Rasel Chowdhury, who was produced before media barely 15 days after plainclothes men reportedly picked up him from his house.
The magistrate earlier had recorded statements of the three other detained suspects – Tamjid Ahmed Rubel on October 26, Minhajul Arifen Russell on November 1 and Shakhawat Hossain on November 3.
The families said all were picked weeks before they were produced before the court.
The metropolitan police authorities, meanwhile, appointed Zeahad the officer-in-charge of Wari police station.
‘Still there remains some work in the case and I might join there [Wari police station] completing them,’ Zeahad said.
Assailants shot dead Tavella in the capital’s Gulshan diplomatic enclave on September 28.

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