A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced Abdul Malek, a driver of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), to 30 years’ imprisonment in an arms case -- 15 years each under two sections of the relevant act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court-3 Md Rabiul Alam pronounced the judgement in the morning.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court-3 fixed September 20 for delivering its judgment on September 13 following the conclusion of arguments by both sides.
On March 11, the court framed charges against him in the case.
Abdul Malek pleaded not guilty and demanded justice when Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayesh framed charges against him.
On January 11, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) submitted a chargesheet in the case.
Rab members arrested Malek from Turag thana area in the city on September 20, 2020 on charge of extortion and involvement in illegal firearms trade.
Tipped off, a Rab-1 battalion conducted a drive at a 7-storey building at Kamarpara under Turag police station and arrested him.
One foreign-made pistol, one magazine, five bullets, fake currency worth around Tk1.50 lakh, one laptop and one mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
He was allegedly involved in many illegal activities and made huge wealth by transferring employees of different departments through lobbying.