Court indicts 29 people for murder of Rohingya leader12 September 2022
News Desk :
A Cox's Bazar court has indicted 29 people for the murder of prominent Mohammad MohibUllah, a civilian leader of Myanmar's forcibly displaced Rohingya community, at a refugee camp in Ukhiya in 2021.
District and Sessions Judge Md Ismail Court framed the charges against the suspects on Sunday, paving the way for a trial in the case.
Citing the case statement, Public Prosecutor FaridulAlam said MohibUllah was gunned down by a group of assailants on Sept 29, 2021 near a tea stall in the D Block of Lombashia-1 East Rohingya Camp while he was chatting with fellow Rohingya.
Popularly known as Master MohibUllah, the 48-year-old was one of the most prominent advocates for the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. He represented the Rohingya community at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2019, reports bdnews24.com.
Prior to his death, he had been serving as chairman of the ArakanRohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights. The group was founded in 2017 to document atrocities against Rohingya in their native Myanmar and give them a voice in international talks about their future.
Around eight and a half months after the incident on Jun 23, 2022, police pressed charges against 29 Rohingya, 15 of whom are currently behind bars. The others rest are still on the run.
In the chargesheet, police said they found the involvement of an armed Rohingya separatist group, the ArakanRohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, in the assassination.
On Sunday, the prosecutor said confessional statements of four arrestees have already been recorded under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Eleven immediate members of MohibUllah's family set off for Canada amid growing concerns about their safety in the Ukhiya refugee settlement as the authorities of the North American nation decided to extend 'refugee' status to them.