Bangabandhu’s killer Majed hanged
Mahbubul Islam, jailer of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, confirmed to journalists at 12:03am. On Friday, some family members of Abdul Majed met him at Dhaka Central Jail where he had been kept in solitary confinement on death row. Earlier on Thursday, President Abdul Hamid rejected Majed’s petition for presidential clemency, filed by the convict’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on April 8. Captain Majed was arrested on April 7 from Gabtoli in the wee hours, after decades of remaining absconding. He was nabbed by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of the police.
“Majed said he arrived in the country on March 15 or 16 from Kolkata. He claimed that he was hiding there for about 23 years,” Hemayet Uddin Khan, assistant public prosecutor, told journalists. The Supreme Court on November 19, 2009, upheld the death sentences of Abdul Majed and 11 other self-confessed killers of Bangabandhu. Of them, five were executed on January 27, 2010. They were Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed.
Six other convicts, including Abdul Majed remained at large. The other fugitive killers are sacked Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin. Another condemned killer, Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe in June, 2001. Captain Majed was also found guilty and sentenced for life in the jail killing case, involving the murder of former Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed and three other imprisoned Awami League leaders.