6 Bangladesh men charged with murder of compatriot

Six men from Bangladesh were yesterday charged with the murder of a compatriot near Tuas View Dormitory last Saturday night.

The men - Ripon Hasan Shahidullah Bhuiyan, 34; Ahamed Fahad, 32; Ahmed Kayes, 31; Sohel Rana Abdul Kadir, 30; Miah Mohammad Rasal, 28; and Goni Osman, 23 - are accused of taking part in an unlawful assembly with several other unknown persons between 9.30pm and 9.47pm.

The group's intention was allegedly to cause hurt to Mr Munshi Abdur Rahim, 32, who later died.

The six men's charges did not state how Mr Munshi was killed.

They will be remanded for one week at Central Police Division to allow investigators to probe the involvement of other accomplices.

The men, who were arrested on Sunday, may also be taken to the scene of the crime, at 70 Tuas South Avenue 1.

The case will be mentioned again on Oct 4. Under the law, an assembly of five or more persons is considered unlawful under certain circumstances, such as if the group's intention is to commit a crime.

If a crime is indeed committed by a member of an unlawful assembly, every member of the group is then liable to be punished for that crime.

The punishment for murder with intention is the mandatory death penalty.

Amir Hussain

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2016, with the headline '6 Bangladesh men charged with murder of compatriot'. Print Edition | Subscribe