Two prosecution witnesses, including a brother of Army chief Gen Aziz Ahmed, yesterday gave their depositions before a Dhaka tribunal in the case filed over the murder of Sayeed Ahmed Tipu, after around ten years.
Tipu, another brother of Gen Aziz, was murdered in the capital 22 years ago.
Of the witnesses, one is Anis Ahmed, brother of Gen Aziz, and the other is the victim’s friend Syed Shahriar.
Before yesterday’s deposition, the last time the court recorded witnesses’ statements was on May 22, 2011 last. The latest hearing in the case before yesterday was on March 12 this year.
Gen Aziz, complainant of the case, gave his deposition before the court on January 6, 2004.
After getting presidential clemency in the murder case on March 28 of 2019, Anis Ahmed yesterday appeared before the Special Tribunal for Prevention of Public Safety Disturbances of Dhaka for the first time to give his depositions in the case, court sources said.
Anis Ahmed remained a fugitive since May 2004 when he was convicted of murdering businessman Mustafizur Rahman Mustafa.
Judge Begum Chaman Chowdhury of the tribunal yesterday recorded statements of Anis and Shahriar and set April 5 for next hearing in the case.
Tipu was shot dead around 7:30pm on March 13, 1999, on Airport Road in Khilkhet when he was in a car. A murder case was later filed with Badda Police Station.
CID pressed charges against six accused, including top-listed criminals Sanjidul Islam Imon, Mohammad Islam Munna, Shamsur Rahman Mona, Anisur Rahman Zaved, Tarique Saif Mamun, and Sagor Hossain Osman, on July 22, 2001.
The court framed charges against the six on December 10, 2003.
During yesterday’s hearing, Imon was produced before the court.
Four other accused — Mona, Mamun, Munna and Zaved are on the run, while Osman died during trial.
“Most of the remaining witnesses are also not appearing before the court due to security concerns, as the accused are top-listed criminals,” said Special Public Prosecutor Mohammad Anwer Shahadat Shawn.