Zead Al Malum laid to rest
Zead Al Malum, a freedom fighter and senior prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), was laid to rest at Mirpur martyred intellectual graveyard yesterday.
Malum, a Supreme Court lawyer, breathed his last on Saturday midnight at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, when his life support was withdrawn, senior consultant of ICT Mehdi Maswood told The Daily Star. Earlier, the 67-year-old was admitted to Bangladesh Specialised Hospital in Dhaka on May 25, after a cardiac arrest, and was on life support there. Later, he was shifted to CMH, he said.
Malum, who was affiliated with Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), left behind his wife, a son, a daughter and host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn him.
His body was taken to his workplace (ICT), where his first namaz-e-janaza was held. Later, his second janaza was at Supreme Court premises, where he was given guard of honour, said Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon.
Then, his body was kept at Central Shaheed Minar for paying respects to him. He was buried at the dedicated place for freedom fighters at Mirpur martyred intellectual graveyard after the third janaza there, he added.
Malum was involved with Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, the planform which has been campaigning for around three decades for the trial of those who committed crimes during the Liberation War.
He joined the ICT as a prosecutor when the government formed the special court in March 2010 to try the perpetrators of 1971's crimes.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, judges of the ICT, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Chief Prosecutor Office of ICT expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Malum.
In separate condolence messages, they also prayed for the eternal peace and salvation of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to his bereaved family members.
Besides, CPB, Bangladesh Workers Party, Udichi, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi expressed deep condolence at his death.