Judges cross-examined in Ctg arms haul cases

Defence lawyers cross-examined Muntasir Ahmed, senior assistant judge of Chandpur, and Abu Hanan, joint district judge of Noakhali, before the court of the judge of the Special Tribunal-1, SM Mujibur Rahman, for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. It was in connection with arms haul cases. Sources said the two judges, who were working in the port city as metropolitan magistrates during the procedure of the arms haul cases, testified before the court about the recording of statements of some of the accused persons under Section 164 at that time.
Muntasir started giving his testimony at 1 pm. After that, advocate Kamrul Islam Sajjad, lawyer of accused Rejjakul Hyder, advocate Abdus Sobhan, lawyer of accused Lutfozzaman Babar, and advocate Md Ahsan, lawyer of accused Liakot Hossain, cross-examined him.
Muntasir said he had recorded the statement of Maj. Gen. (retd) Sadik Hasan Rumi on April 13, 2011. “I recorded nine pages of statement given by Rumi,” he added.
Abu Hanan, after completion of his testimony, was cross-examined by advocate Mahamudul Haque, lawyer of  accused Md Shahabuddin.
Abu Hanan said he had recorded the confessional statement of Wing Commander (retd) Shahabuddin on May 15, 2009. “I also recorded the statement of a witness, AKM Mohiuddin Chowdhury,” he added.
The court summoned four judges, who were metropolitan magistrates during the procedure of the arms haul cases.
The other two judges will testify before the court on Wednesday. They are Osman Gani, joint district judge of Rangamati, and Mahabubur Rahman, secretary of the CHT Land Commission.
The court was adjourned till Wednesday.
It may be mentioned that Mobin Hossain Khan, the then assistant security officer of the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Company Limited (CUFL), testified before the court on Monday. He said Nurul Amin, then acting secretary of the industry ministry, was monitoring the unloading of arms from ships at the CUFL jetty.
“KM Enamul Haque, former CUFL managing director and general manager, was informed about the arms smuggling. He had given permission for the unloading at the CUFL jetty. Nurul Amin was staying at the CUFL guest house to monitor the unloading operation,” he added.
“After the arms haul at the CUFL jetty, the authorities damaged several establishments, including temporary shops, at the jetty area. I don’t know the reasons for such action,” he noted.
He said the arms were smuggled for ULFA, and that senior CUFL officials and government officials were in the know.
“I was framed for my knowledge of the involvement of senior officials in the case. I've lost my job through illegal means for the same reason,” he added.
Earlier, Mobin Hossain Khan had testified before the court on June 26 and 27, 2006.

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