Ex-colonel Shahid, wife, 2 others get life term in arms case

Court Correspondent | Published: 19:02, Nov 10,2020 | Updated: 01:12, Nov 11,2020


The Dhaka Special Tribunal-4 on Tuesday sentenced four people, including a retired army officer, to life term imprisonment for.

The convicts are retired colonel Shahid Uddin Chowdhury, his wife Farhana Anjum Khan and their two accomplices Syed Akidul Ali and Khorshed Alam Patwary.

Akidul and Khorshed, who are now in jail, heard the verdict from the dock.

Shahid Uddin and his wife Farhana were absconding.

Judge Robiul Alam of the court, while pronouncing the verdict, said that the fugitive duo’s jail term would begin immediately after their arrest or their surrender.

The court acquitted another accused Jahirul Islam from the charge as he had already died. The sentence was delivered in a jampacked courtroom, additional public prosecutor Salahuddin Howlader told New Age.

He said that the court also issued warrants for the arrest and conviction against them and the Cantonment Police Station would take the next course of action.

The prosecution said that it was alleged that a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes Unit of the DMP raided the house of the couple at Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka and seized two pistols with 11 cartridges, a shotgun and several magazines on January 17, 2019.

Later, Biplob Kishore Shil, an inspector of CTTC, filed a case against four people, including the couple with Cantonment Police Station.

The CTTC on April 4, 2019 pressed charges in the case and the tribunal framed charges against them on August 13, 2019. During trial, a total of nine witnesses were examined. The retired army colonel and his wife were on the run from the beginning and the trial went on in their absence, reported BSS.

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