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Alim's body handed over to family after autopsy

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Abdul Alim
Abdul Alim

The body of convicted war criminal Abdul Alim, who died of cancer yesterday, was handed over to his family members after his autopsy this afternoon.

Khalid Bin Alim,a son of Alim, received the body from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital authorities at noon, Farman Ali, senior jail super of Dhaka Central Jail, told The Daily Star.

The body was taken to the house of Alim’s eldest son Faisal Bin Alim’s Banani house in Dhaka.

His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Banani Jame Mosque this afternoon after Asr prayer.

The body will be taken to his village home Joypurhat tomorrow where he will be buried at their family graveyard after his second janaza there, Sazzad said.

Alim, 83, also a former BNP minister, died of cancer at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka yesterday.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on October 9 last year sentenced Alim to imprisonment until death for committing the crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

The tribunal found the influential leader of Joypurhat Peace Committee guilty of genocide, murders, arson and other wartime crimes and observed that he deserved the capital punishment.

He was an influential leader of the Convention Muslim League and Vice-Chairman of Bogra District Council in 1971.

In association with the Pakistan army, he led local collaborators to commit crimes like genocide, murders and other crimes during the nine-month war.

In 1978, after Ziaur Rahman took over the helm of the country, he made Alim a minister of Bangladesh, the birth of which Alim had vehemently opposed just seven years ago.

Alim also joined Zia's then newly formed party the BNP. He was elected a lawmaker from Joypurhat in 1979, 1996 and 2001 elections.

Alim was arrested in Joypurhat on March 27, 2011, in connection with his wartime offences and in June 2012, he was indicted with 17 specific charges, including genocide, murder of Bangalee civilians, and burying people alive during the Liberation War.

Alim had been at the prison cell of BSMMU since the day the verdict was delivered.

He had, however, challenged the judgement before the Supreme Court a month later.

 

 

 

Published: 2:37 pm Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last modified: 6:37 pm Sunday, August 31, 2014

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