DGHS driver Malek jailed for 30 years
Published: 12:55 PM, 20 September 2021 Updated: 07:46 PM, 20 September 2021
A Dhaka court has sentenced Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) driver Abdul Malek to a total of 30 years in an arms case - 15 years each under two sections of the relevant act. However, his sentences would run simultaneously, which means he will have to spend 15 years in jail.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court-3 Mohammad Rabiul Alam pronounced the verdict on Monday.
Earlier on September 13, the court set today to deliver the verdict after concluding the trial.
On March 11, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes framed charges against him in the case when Abdul Malek pleaded not guilty.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Malek from the Turag area in Dhaka on September 20, 2020, for extortion and running illegal firearms trade in the Turag thana area.
During the arrest, one foreign-made pistol, one magazine, five rounds of bullets, fake currency worth around Tk1.50 lakh, one laptop and one mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
Later, RAB filed two cases against Malek at Turag police station, one under the Firearms Act and the other under the Special Powers Act.
He was allegedly involved in many illegal activities and made huge wealth by transferring employees of different departments through lobbying.
On January 11, RAB submitted a chargesheet in the case.