War crimes accused former JP MP Hannan dies
Published : Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 at 5:24 PM Count : 172
Former Jatiya Party lawmaker MA Hannan, who was in jail for allegedly committing crimes during the Liberation War, died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 86.
Hannan, who was former lawmaker from Mymensingh-7 (Trishal), died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) at about 4:30am.
He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on June 5 after he fell sick in Kashimpur Central Jail, said Jailer Rabiul Islam, adding that he was admitted to the BSMMU the next day.
On June 7, Hannan tested positive for Covid-19, the jailer also said. Hannan's body has been kept at the DMC morgue for autopsy.
Former member of Jatiya Party presidium, Hannan was elected as the member of parliament uncontested as a grand alliance candidate in 2014 general elections.
Rahima Khatun, wife of valiant freedom fighter Abdur Rahman of Trishal, filed a case against Hannan snd seven others on May 19, 2015 on charge of his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity.
Hannan, his son Sajjad, and six others from Mymensingh were made accused in the case filed for allegedly committing crimes during the Liberation War in 1971.
Hannan, his son and three others were arrested on October 1, 2015 while the rest are on the run.
The prosecution in October 2016 pressed six charges against the eight accused, including Hannan and his son. The tribunal took the charges into cognisance on December 11 that year.
The case is still in trial stage.
Hannan, the alleged general secretary of Mymensingh District Peace Committee (an anti-liberation organisation in 1971), was the second incumbent lawmaker arrested in connection with war crimes case. BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was shown arrested in a war crimes case in December 2010 when he was a lawmaker of the then opposition party in the parliament. Quader was executed in November 2015.