'Past regime protected 2004 attackers who targeted Sheikh Hasina'

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SummaryThere was no dearth of efforts on my part to unearth plot but I was repeatedly obstructed: Rumi

telling him as he tried to confirm a report that she herself ordered his safe passage abroad.

The trial of the grisly attack is underway with the court indicting a number of high-profile suspects while the prosecution accused Tarique Rahman and Babar as masterminds of the attack plot. Hasina was visibly the prime target of the assassination plot.

Babar and another junior minister, Abdus Salam Pintu, former minister in the same government and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed were the political figures alongside Tarique Rahman who are being tried.

Three former police chiefs, several former military officials who were posted in DGFI at that time and several kingpins of outlawed Harkatul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) including its detained chief Mufti Abdul Hannan are among others to face the trial in person or in absentia.

Under a court order Rahman, now in London, and 19 others are being tried in absentia as they "failed" to appear and they were earlier declared "absconding" to evade justice.

Officials said out of 52 accused, 19 including Tarique Rahman and Zia's the then political assistant Haris Chowdhury are on the run, eight including three ex-IGPs are on bail and the rests including Babar is in jail.

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