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Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. His lawyer Joynul Abedin Tuhin submitted the 50-page appeal, along with necessary documents, with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court around...

Lyricist Gobinda Halder passes away

Lyricist Gobinda Halder passes away

Lyricist Gobinda Halder, whose patriotic songs had inspired millions of Bangalees during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, died at a Kolkata hospital today after suffering from a prolonged illness at the age of 84. Halder breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Jitendra Nath Roy Hospital in Kolkata at 10:20am (Local time), said Mofakkharul...

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Individuals who were concerned of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s conviction in a contempt charge against a war crimes tribunal will now have to clarify their say. All those who gave out the statement of concern will have to clarify their statement by January 27, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT),...

Key man behind forming Al-Badr at Rangpur

Key man behind forming Al-Badr at Rangpur

Because of his profound belief in united Pakistan, he ended up becoming the chief of Rangpur district unit Al-Badr, notorious auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army, during the Liberation War in 1971. He actively took part in mass killing and acts of genocide and several other crimes against humanity. The man -- ATM...

Azhar's War Crimes

Pregnant woman got no mercy

She was six months pregnant and begged for mercy from the Pakistan army and war crimes convict ATM Azharul Islam. But her pleas fell on deaf ears and three army men gang raped her at her neighbour's house until she lost all consciousness around noon on a day between August and September, 1971. Azharul and the army men also looted valuables of her house and Tk 1,600, which her husband had left her for food and maintenance before he left for...

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

The defence counsel appeared disappointed after a war crimes tribunal handed death to Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today. “The tribunal gave Azharul Islam death on three counts based on the evidence presented by the prosecution,” said Tajul Islam, the spokesperson of the defence counsel. “But, it would have been appropriate if those...

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha brought out a procession of joy in Dhaka today after Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam was handed death by a war crimes tribunal. “We are pleased on the verdict,” Mancha faction spokesperson Imran H Sarker said. “This verdict reflects the desire of the people and all the victims of the atrocities of...

Salute them for their sacrifice

Describing the rape of women in 1971 as "the rape of the entire pro-liberation community", a court yesterday said time has come to recognise and honour the Biranganas or the "war heroines", ostracised by the society for decades. "Mass rape is graver than murder ... The effects of rape as a weapon of war do not cease once the rape is over, or once the physical wounds are healed. The wounds of rape never heal, and they leave permanent scar...

Man who formed own force to stop freedom fighters

Syed Mohammad Qaisar not only stood against the Liberation War in 1971 but also formed a force of his own to collaborate with the Pakistani army in their futile attempt to thwart the birth of Bangladesh. He did not stop by just assisting the invaders and directly took part in heinous crimes including committing genocide. Driven by the deep conviction for a "united Pakistan", Qaisar led his marauding force and assisted the Pakistani army to burn and loot people’s houses,...

Qaisar, why?

Qaisar, why?

She grew up in her grandparents' house. While a child, she struggled to figure out why she could not go to her parents. As she came of age, she got the answers to the questions that had been crowding her mind all these years. She learnt that her birth is entwined with the birth...

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