A court in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday charged 29 Rohingya, including suspected members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, with the murder of Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah at Cox’s Bazar camp in 2021.
Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ismail also set October 11 as the official opening of the trial with the taking of evidence from prosecution witnesses.
Attorney General Faridul Alam said the prosecution named 38 people as witnesses in the case.
The 29 defendants are Mohammad Salim, Shaukat Ulla, Mohammad Salam, Ziaur Rahman, Md Elias, Md Azizul Haque, Morshed alias Murshid, Nur Mohammad, Anas, Nazim Uddin, Abul Kalam alias Abu, Hamid Hossain, Sirajul Mostafa alias Sirajullah alias Siraj, Moulavi Md Zakoria, Khairul Amin, Master Abdur Rahim alias Rakim, Zahid Hossain alias Lalu, Faiz Ullah, Samir Uddin alias Sami Uddin alias Nur Kamal, Saleh Ahmad, Mozammel alias Lal Badia, Tofail, Master Shafi Alam, Abdus Salam alias Zaker Murabbi, Zokir, Hafez Ayach, Master Kashim, Master Shukkur Alam and Mostafa Kamal.
Of the 29 defendants, 15 appeared in court when the charges were formulated while the other 14 were still in hiding.
On September 29, 2021, Mohib Ullah, president of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, was shot dead by a group of armed people in his office in Lambasia camp in Ukhiya.
Mohib Ullah’s younger brother, Habib Ullah, filed a murder complaint the following day.
Known as a master among the Rohingyas, Mohib Ullah was one of the main campaigners for their repatriation to Myanmar.
Mohib Ullah rose to prominence as a leader after organizing a large assembly of Rohingyas on August 25, 2019, on the second anniversary of the start of the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh from Rakhine State in Myanmar. .
He traveled to Geneva in 2019 to address the United Nations Human Rights Council on the plight of the Rohingya.
His murder sparked a wave of violence in the Rohingya camp.
The murder case investigator and Ukhiya Police Inspector (investigating) Gazi Salauddin filed the charges against the 29 Rohingya in the case on June 13, 2022.
Police said earlier that a total of 36 people had been found involved at various stages of the murder, adding that seven people had yet to be identified.
According to the indictment, seven of the arrested Rohingya confessed to their involvement in the murder of Mohib Ullah.
The indictment says all the defendants are Rohingya and suspected members of an armed gang.
Mohib Ullah’s family and the Rohingya blamed ARSA for the killing.
Bangladesh does not officially recognize the presence of ARSA on its soil.
According to the charges, an arrested defendant called Mohib Ullah at the ARSPH office to discuss Rohingya repatriation issues and informed other members of the armed gang who shot him dead.
According to the charges, armed groups were harmed by Mohib Ullah’s leadership and popularity and assassinated him to take over the camps.
Mohib Ullah’s family was resettled to Canada in April amid growing concerns for his safety in the refugee camp.