A tribunal in Dhaka accepted the charges of war crimes against Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan on Thursday.
The charge framing hearing will begin on October 2, Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, chairman of the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1, announced after taking the charges into cognisance.
Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Subhan, who was vice-president of Pabna Peace Committee, an associate organisation of the Pakistani army at that time, had involvement in at least nine incidents of war crimes, according to the prosecution.
The charges include genocide, abduction, murder, confinement, torture and arson.
After a 17-month-long probe against Subhan, the war crimes investigation agency submitted the final probe report to the prosecution on September 12 saying that it had found “irrefutable” evidence” of involvement of the Jamaat leader in nine crimes during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
On September 15, the prosecution submitted the formal charges to the ICT against Subhan, who was arrested on September 20, 2012 and is now in jail.
Subhan, son of Sheikh Naimuddin and Nurani Begum of Tailakundi village of Sujanagar upazila in Pabna, was born in 1936.
He was the founder ameer of Jamaat in Pabna and a Majlish-e-Sura member of central unit of the party during the undivided Pakistan.
The formal charge reads: On May 12, 1971, the Pakistani army and its local collaborators under the leadership of Subhan killed 300 to 400 people at several villages in Satbaria union under Pabna’s Sujanagar Police Station.
In the presence of Subhan and under his leadership, five people of Juktitala village under Ishwardi upazila were allegedly killed and three others injured on April 13, 1971.
Subhan, accompanied by local Jamaat leaders and Biharies, abducted three persons, who had taken shelter at a local mosque, on April 17 and 18 in 1971. Later, they were killed in the presence of Subhan.
Led by Subhan, the Pakistani army raided Sahapur village under Ishwardi on May 2, 1971. They killed several people there and looted many houses before setting those on fire.
Subhan abducted two persons from Arankhola cattle market in Ishwardi on May 16, 1971. The hostages were tortured at District Dak Bungalow in Ishwardi.
Subhan also led the Pakistani army in alleged attacks at Kulniya and Dogachhi villages in Pabna on May 11, 1971. Seven people were killed and several houses were torched at that time, the prosecutor said.
On May 20, 1971, under the leadership of Subhan, the Pakistani army allegedly picked up 18 people from Varara village in Pabna and killed one of them instantly. The others had been tortured at Nurpur Power Plant. Some of them were later killed near Debottar Bazar.
In the first week of September 1971, Subhan, accompanied by local Razakars, abducted two pro-liberation persons from Dublia Bazar under Pabna sadar upazila and killed them inside a temple at Kuciamara village.
On October 30, 1971, Subhan and local Razakars attacked Betbaria village under Ishwardi upazila and looted several houses before setting those on fire.
Four people were also abducted from the village and later killed.