'Sweden' Aslam gets 17 yrs in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced top criminal 'Sweden' Aslam and three of his accomplices to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition in his DOHS residence in May, 1997.
Earlier on November 5, 2003, Aslam was awarded life imprisonment in another case for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition. Fourteen other criminal cases against him remain pending with different courts in the city, sources said.
The other three convicts are Abu Taher Taru, Hassan Imam and Mohammad Babul. Aslam and Babul were present in the court while the other two were tried in absentia.
Judge Motiar Rahman of the Special Tribunal-7 delivered the verdict in a jam-packed courtroom.
Earlier, the prosecution and the defence had completed their arguments and the court recorded statements of 11 prosecution witnesses.
According to the prosecution, Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Aslam from his DOHS residence in the city's Cantonment area on May 20, 1997.
A pistol, a shotgun, a shutter gun, a revolver and six bullets were recovered from his house.
An arms case was filed against Aslam and three others with Cantonment Police Station the same day.
Aslam was cleared of an arms case on October 9, 2003 while another court acquitted him on October 18, 2006.