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War trial of Kamaruzzaman

Verdict Thursday

Charges include murder, torture of unarmed civilians

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A tribunal in Dhaka, which is holding trial of top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for his war crimes, will deliver its judgement on Thursday.

Justice Obaidul Hassan, chief judge of International Crimes Tribunal-2, disclosed the date Wednesday morning.

The trial proceedings of the case concluded on April 16.

Assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, Kamaruzzaman is facing seven charges of crimes against humanity, which include murder and torture of unarmed civilians during the Liberation War in 1971.

The alleged chief organiser of infamous Al-Badr force (an auxiliary group of then Pakistan army force) in Mymensingh, the Jamaat leader was indicted on June 4 last year.

Kamaruzzaman is going to be the fourth war crimes accused who is going to face the judgement for the crimes committed 42 years ago.

The two international crimes tribunals, which are dealing with the war crimes offences, have already delivered verdicts in three cases.

The Tribunal-2 awarded expelled Jamaat member Abul Kalam Azad death sentence and life sentence to Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, while the Tribunal-1 awarded Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee death sentence.

Kamaruzzaman was arrested in a criminal case on July 13, 2010 and shown arrested on war crimes charges on August 2 in the same year.

The prosecution pressed formal charges against him incorporating nine counts of crimes against humanity on January 15, 2012 and the tribunal took the charges into cognisance on January 31. The case was transferred to the tribunal-2 on April 16, 2012.


On June 29, 1971, under the leadership of Kamaruzzaman, a group of Al-Badr members abducted Badiuzzaman of Ramnagar village under Jhenaigati upazila in Sherpur. He was tortured at Ahammed Nagar army camp all night long and was shot to death the following day.

In mid-May, 1971, Kamaruzzaman and his accomplices caused inhumane acts to pro-liberation intellectual Syed Abdul Hannan, the then principal of SherpurCollege, by compelling him to walk naked through the town under constant whipping.

On July 25, 1971, Kamaruzzaman advised members of Al-Badr and Razakar forces to commit a large-scale massacre in association with Pakistani troops in Sohagpur village of Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur. The collaborators murdered 164 unarmed civilians, 44 of whom have been named, and raped women.

On August 23, 1971, on Kamaruzzaman’s instruction, collaborators took Golam Mostafa of Gridda Narayanpur village in Sherpur to an Al-Badr camp. Kamaruzzaman and his accomplices brought Mostafa and one Abul Kasem to SerihBridge and gunned them down.

Kasem survived as he jumped into the river but suffered injuries in his fingers. Mostafa died on the spot.

In mid-Ramadan in 1971, Kamaruzzaman and his followers picked up Liakat Ali and Mujibur Rahman Panu from their respective houses, took them to a Razakar camp and tortured them there.

After four days of detention, on Kamaruzzaman’s order, the two along with 11 other civilians were shifted to Jhenaigati Ahammed Nagar army camp. Afterwards, eight of them were shot to death. The accused and his aide Kamran were present during the shooting.

In November 1971, under the instruction of Kamaruzzaman, some members of Al-Badr abducted Tunu and one Jahangir from Golki Bari and took them to the District Council Dak Bungalow in Mymensingh. Tunu was tortured to death. Jahangir was detained but was freed later.

On Ramadan 27, Kamaruzzaman accompanied by 15-20 armed Al-Badr members abducted one Tepa Mia and his elder son Zahurul Islam Dara from Golapjan Road in Mymensingh. They were taken to the Al-Badr camp at District Council Dak Bungalow.

The next morning, the father and son along with five others were lined up on the bank of the Brahmaputra river. Tepa Mia managed to escape by jumping into the river, but the other six were killed on the spot.



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