Attorney general Mahbubey Alam dies of COVID-19

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 19:52, Sep 27,2020 | Updated: 00:20, Sep 28,2020


Mahbubey Alam

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam died of COVID-19 at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital Sunday evening.

He was 71.

Mahbubey Alam’s son Sumon Mahbub confirmed that his father died at about 7:30pm.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and many well-wishers to mourn his death. 

Mahbubey Alam was on life support after he had been shifted to the intensive care unit of the CMH on September 18.

He was admitted to the hospital with fever on September 4 and tested positive for CoVID-19 on the same day.

The attorney general attended his office for the last on September 3.

Mahbubey Alam had served as the country’s attorney general for 11 years and eight months at a stretch until his death.

He was appointed attorney general on January 13, 2009 after the Awami League came to power on January 6, 2009.

Mahbubey Alam served as additional attorney general for three years from November 15, 1998 to October 4, 2001 during AL rule.

He served as Supreme Court Bar Association secretary in 1993–94 and as its president in 2005–06.

He enrolled as a lawyer at the district courts in 1973, the High Court in 1975 and the Appellate Division in 1980.

Mahbubey Alam was born on February 19, 1949 at Mouchamanda village at Lauhajang in Munshiganj.

He obtained Bachelor of Arts from political science department of the Dhaka University in 1968, Masters from public administration department at the same university in 1969 and passed Bachelor of Laws degree from the law department at the same university in 1972.

Mahbubey Alam served as vice-president of Bangladesh Juba Union after he enrolled as advocate and also appointed as law affairs secretary to Gono Forum in 1993-1994.

The president, Md Abdul Hamid, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, the chief justice, Syed Mahmud Hossain, and the law minister, Anisul Huq, among others, expressed condolence for the death of the attorney general.

The president in a condolence message said that Mahbubey Alam had shown extraordinary skill in dealing with different cases, including Bangabandhu murder and crimes against humanity cases.

‘He was a front-fighter in establishing the rule of law . . . His death is an irreparable loss to the country,’ he said.

In her message, Hasina said, ‘The nation will always recall the contribution of Mahbubey Alam to the country’s law arena.’

The chief justice said that he had 28-year good relationship with Mahbubey Alam being an honest and dedicated personality.

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