DGHS driver Malek sentenced to 30 years
A Dhaka tribunal today sentenced Abdul Malek, a driver of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing firearms and ammunition at his residence in September last year.
Judge Md Robiul Alam of Special Tribunal-4 of Dhaka handed down the sentence in presence of the convict in a packed courtroom.
In the verdict, the judge observed that the prosecution was able to prove the charges against Malek and he was given the highest punishment for committing the offences.
Malek was sentenced to 15 years for possessing firearms and 15 years for possessing ammunition. But the punishment will run concurrently, the judge said.
Earlier, the prosecution and defence completed their arguments and the tribunal recorded statements of 13 prosecution witnesses, including complainant of the case.
On March 11, the same tribunal framed charges against Malek in the case.
On information that Malek was staying in Kamarpara area under Turag Police Station in Dhaka, a team of Rab conducted a drive there on September 20 last year and arrested him along with a foreign-made pistol, a magazine, five rounds of bullets, Tk 1.5 lakh in fake currency, a laptop and a mobile phone.
Malek possessed more than Tk 100 crore in wealth, Rab claimed.
Rab primarily assumed that Malek accumulated wealth by maintaining good relations with DGHS's high-ranking officials.
Later, two cases -- one for possessing arms and ammunition and the other for possessing fake currencies -- were filed against him with Turag Police Station.
Malek and his wife were also sued for amassing wealth illegally.