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Manzoor Murder

Court orders further investigation

MANZUR MURDER CASE

Court orders further investigation

A Dhaka court today ordered further investigation into the murder of Maj Gen Abul Manzur even though the trial is now at the final stage for pronouncing verdict. Judge Khondker Hasan Md Firoz of the First Additional District Session and Judge’s Court of Dhaka also directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit the probe report by April 22. Earlier, alleging that there are some flaws in the charge-sheet, the prosecution in the Manzur killing trial sought further investigation into the murder even though the case is now at final...

GROUND REALITIES

Murder most foul . . .

Murder most foul . . .

LAWRENCE Lifschultz's reflections on the murder of Major General Mohammad Abul Manzur in June 1981 are, for the nation's political leadership as also for the people of Bangladesh, a broad hint that all past conspiracies should be investigated in their totality and the truth behind them revealed. The good part of our otherwise sad post-1975 history is that a beginning has been made, through bringing the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to justice. The process of a fresh new judicial look at the jail killings of November 1975 is also underway. All of which is a breath of fresh air, for they point to the slow climb back...

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ~ Benjamin Franklin THE NARRATIVE On June 2, 1981, General Abul Manzur, the Commandant of the Chittagong Cantonment, was killed under mysterious circumstances while in army custody inside the Cantonment.  Manzur had distinguished himself as a Sector Commander during Bangladesh's Liberation War and been the recipient of the highest honor conveyed upon combatants of the war. He was among those honored few, who earned the distinction of Bir Uttam, Among those who knew him, Manzur was considered a highly capable and intelligent officer. Yet, in the chaotic days after General Ziaur Rahman's death on a...

Manzoor Murder

Verdict kept in wait

Verdict kept in wait

Former dictator HM Ershad, principal accused in the Manzoor murder case, and two other accused ex-military officials were present in a Dhaka court yesterday to hear it pronounce the long-pending verdict. But the court decided to hear the arguments afresh on February 27 terming the case “old” and “sensational”, thanks to the transfer of the judge just a week ago. The case has seen 22 judges since it was filed on August 28, 1995, and the judges were either promoted or transferred to other districts. “I have joined the court recently. I am not aware of the case,” said Khondker Hasan Md Firoz, the newly appointed judge of the First Additional District...

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