Ruling lawmaker Shamim Osman addresses a press conference at his Gulshan residence in the capital. Photo: TV grab
Shamim Osman today confirmed his telephone conversation with Nur Hossain which indicates that the ruling party lawmaker helped the latter to flee the country.
Talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence, Shamim however claimed that he had rather suggested Nur, the prime accused of the seven-murder in Narayanganj, to surrender before court if he was not guilty.
Arranging the conference two days after the telephonic conversation was leaked, Shamim Osman said his conversation was partially printed in the Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
In the leaked telephonic conversation, Shamim Osman had told Nur Hossain, “You don’t think so much. You will face no more problems now. Go ahead.”
Then, Shamim Osman again said, “I have sent information. Did you get that?”
At one point of the talks, the controversial AL lawmaker had instructed Nur to meet a man named “Gour Da”.
Shamim also wanted to know from Nur if he had any seal (may be passport). “Yes, yes. I have a seal. But how can I go. There is a red alert,” the suspected killer replied.
“No. There is no alert,” Shamim then assured Nur and suggested to meet ‘Gour Da’.
On April 27, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and his four aides -- Tajul, Liton, Swapan and Jahangir -- and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver Ibrahim were kidnapped separately, but around the same time after they came out of the court area in two cars.
Six bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river three days later and another the next day.
Nur Hossain, vice-president of Siddhirganj thana Awami League unit, and his five associates have been made accused in the case filed by Nazrul's widow Selina Islam.