Assassin Of Former Bangladesh President, Absconding For 23 Years, Arrested.


Abdul Majed, a discharged army captain and one of the convicted killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh, after retiring from Bangladesh Army in 1980  joined the civil administration as a Deputy Secretary. He worked at the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation, in the National Savings Directorate, Ministry of Youth and Sports as the director of youth development, and also served in Bangladesh Embassy in Senegal.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and nearly his entire family were murdered on 15 August 1975, by a group of Bangladesh Army officers. The conspirators could not be tried in a court of law because of the Indemnity Act passed by the government under President Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, ( Historians and critics assert that Ahmad was one of the key plotters of Mujib’s murder) but act was revoke when Awami League stormed back to power in 1996 paving away for the criminal trial of assassins.

Majed disappeared in 1997 after Sheikh Hasina, Mujib’s daughter, was voted Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in 1998; he was sentenced to death on the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman case by a trial court. In 1998, a Dhaka court ordered the death sentence by firing squad to fifteen out of the twenty accused of conspiring in the assassination. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on November 19, 2009 upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted ex-army officers for the assassination.

Majed, was sent to the jail hours after he was arrested in Dhaka on Tuesday (Apr 7), he arrived in the country on March 15 or 16 from Kolkata, where he was absconding for about 23 years, one of the six remaining fugitive killers of Bangabandhu supposed to be hiding abroad with no established location.

Five of the convicts – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged on January 27, 2010. Another convict, Aziz Pasha, met a natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.