by Our Correspondent in Dhaka:
The top law officer of the state Mahbubey Alam has died as he was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka with novel coronavirus infection, family said on Sunday. He was 71.
Alam, the longest serving Attorney General of the country, breathed his last at the Combined Military Hospital in the evening, his son Sumon Mahbub told reporters.
Alam was taken to the hospital on September 4 after he was diagnosed with Covid-19. He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit on September 18 as his condition deteriorated.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock at the death of the jurist. Law Minister Anisul Huq also send a condolence message at the demise of Alam.
Alam, a Supreme Court lawyer, was appointed as the country’s top law official on January 13, 2009. Prior to this position, he also served as the additional attorney general from November 15, 1998 to October 4, 2001.
Born in Munshiganj district on February 1949, Alam studied in political science in Dhaka University. He also pursued his Master’s of Arts degree in public administration from the same university. Then he obtained diplomas in constitutional law, and parliamentary institutions and procedures in from the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) in New Delhi, India in 1979.
He began law practice with High Court in 1975 and became a lawyer of the Appellate Division in 1980. He was first elected member to the Bangladesh Bar Council in 2004 followed by the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 2005 election.