Former home minister Lutfozzaman Babar is being produced before a Chittagong court prior to delivering judgement in 10-truck arms haul cases. The court awards 14 people including Babar death penalty for smuggling in the arms in 2004. Photo: Star
Lutfozzaman Babar, a condemned convict in the 10-truck arms haul cases, today cursed the judge of a Chittagong court for awarding him death penalty.
Judge SM Mojibur Rahman of the Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal-1 handed down death penalty to 14 including Jamaat chief and then industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami and then state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar for smuggling in 10 truckloads of firearms in 2004.
The court also awarded life term imprisonment to the 14 convicts in another case filed under the Arms Act.
"The verdict is stage-managed. I seek justice from Almighty Allah, so that the judge gets punishment for handing me down the verdict illegally," a discontented Babar told reporters in his immediate reaction after the delivery of verdict on the court premises.
The then home minister who appeared apparently too surprised to see the lethal weapon on April 2 in 2004, also cursed the children of the judge and aspired so that they also suffered for the "misdeed" of their father.
"I have been deprived of justice. There is another Judge. I will get justice on the Day of Judgement," he added.