August 17 Serial Blasts in 2005
JMB Ctg chief, aide get 10 years RI
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday sentenced Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Chittagong divisional chief Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad and one of his associates to ten years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a case for August 17 serial bomb blasts in 2005.
Javed also faces a few more cases in the Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal that awarded Javed a total of 195 years of imprisonment in several cases, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Ayub Khan.
With this, JMB leader Javed has received a total of 224 years' imprisonment in different bomb blast and arms cases, said the PP.
Pronouncing the verdict yesterday, Tribunal Judge Shafiqul Karim awarded JMB Chittagong divisional chief Javed and Alauddin alias Rubel, another JMB cadre, ten years' imprisonment for a blast that injured a person in front of Apollo Shopping Complex under Kotwali Police Station on August 17, 2005.
Sub Inspector Balayet Hossain of Kotwali PS filed the case on the day of bomb blast.
Main accused in the case, top JMB leaders Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman Sunny were executed in Jhalakathi Judges' murder case on March 29 in 2007.
The tribunal acquitted JMB cadre Arshadul Alam alias T Alam, another accused in the case, from the charges.
Earlier the court heard 16 witnesses in the case.
Charge sheet of the case was submitted on January 14 in 2007 accusing six people and the charge was framed on April 16 the same year.
Arshadul, who got acquitted in this case, was earlier convicted in another case for bomb blast in the city, PP Ayub Khan said.
JMB militants used Arshadul's bank account at Agrabad branch of Islami Bank for transaction of money to use for their activities, sources said.
The Rapid Action Battalion arrested militant commander Javed and his associate Jafar from a house in the city's Kattali area on December 14 in 2005 and seized huge quantity of explosives and bomb making materials.