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1971 Liberation War

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

The United States has reiterated its support for trials to bringing to justice those who committed atrocities in the 1971 Liberation War but reminded that the trials should be fair and transparent maintaining the international standards.  “We understand the importance of this process in closing a painful chapter in Bangladesh’s… Bangladeshi history,” said Jen...

Sector Commanders' Forum

Shafiullah replaces AK Khandker

Maj Gen (retd) KM Safiullah Bir Uttam, a sector commander in the 1971 Liberation War, has been elected as chairman of the Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF). A meeting of the executive council yesterday also accepted the resignation of Air Vice-Marshal (retd) AK Khandker as the SCF chairman and relieved him of all his duties, said a statement signed by the acting secretary general Haroon Habib. Khandker is no longer a member of the forum as well, according to the statement. The forum...

Charges pressed against 3 Bagerhat 'Razakars'

Charges pressed against 3 Bagerhat 'Razakars'

The prosecution today pressed eight charges against three war crime accused for their alleged crimes against humanity in Bagerhat during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The accused are Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 72, Khan Akram Hossain, 61, and Abdul Latif Talukdar, 68. The trio joined the Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of...

AK Khandker sued for 'Mujib Bahini's looting' claim

AK Khandker sued for 'Mujib Bahini's looting' claim

Air Vice-Marshal (retd) AK Khandker was sued today in Brahmanbaria for claiming in his new book that Mujib Bahini, a special force formed by Awami League to fight against Pakistan forces, was involved in looting after the Liberation War. "1971: Bhetore Baire" is a recently published memoir of Khandker, who acted as deputy chief of the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini during the war and served as planning minister during the 2008-2013 AL rule, that earned him strong criticism from different quarters, especially the ruling AL and Sector Commanders' Forum. One Ishaq Bhuiyan, a freedom fighter, filed the defamatory case this afternoon with a Brahmanbaria court, reports our Brahmanbaria correspondent. Referring to the publication...

SQ CHY'S VERDICT LEAK

Wife, son among 7 charged

Wife, son among 7 charged

Detectives today pressed charges against seven people including wife and son of Salauddin Quader Choudhury for allegedly leaking out draft verdict of a war crimes case against the BNP leader. The accused are Salauddin’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury, son Hummam Quader Chowdhury, his counsel barrister AKM Fakhrul Islam, manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Advocate Mehedi Hassan,...

Bihari Camp Killings

Silence not expected

Silence not expected

Eminent rights activist Sultana Kamal yesterday expressed her shock that local lawmaker Elias Uddin Mollah had not yet visited Kurmitola Bihari Camp even three days after the gruesome arson attack on the settlement that killed nine of a family. "He is supposed to represent all the people in his constituency. Siding against a particular...

5 war crimes charges pressed against ex-JP MP Jabbar

5 war crimes charges pressed against ex-JP MP Jabbar

Prosecution today pressed five charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Jabbar, as the chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee, had “played a key role” in the formation of the Razakar Bhahini and had “led the force” in committing crimes in Mathbaria area during the nine-month-long Liberation War. Prosecution Zahid Imam submitted the charges to the registrar office around 11:15am to place it before the ICT-1. Investigators, who have found Jabbar's involvement in at least five crimes including genocide, murder and looting, submitted the probe report to the prosecution on April 29. After probing the allegations against Jabbar, the war...

War crimes evidence against Jabbar found: Investigators

War crimes evidence against Jabbar found: Investigators

Investigators today said that they had found evidence of former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar’s involvement in at least five crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 War of Liberation. The offences include murder, genocide, loot and arson, Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, chief of the investigation agency probing war crimes, told reporters at a press briefing at his Dhanmondi office. Sanaul Haque, a senior member of the agency, also attended the briefing. The agency will submit the probe report to the prosecution of the International Crimes Tribunal today or tomorrow, the investigators said on completion of their nearly one-year-long investigation on the role of the 82-year-old Jatiya Party leader during the country’s...

MPs to probe fraud in crests

A parliamentary body today formed a three-member sub-committee to find out people involved in the making and purchase of crests using substandard materials that were awarded to foreign friends for their contribution to Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Headed by ruling Awami League lawmaker Afsarul Amin, the enquiry committee has been asked to submit its report within a month recommending nature of punishment to the perpetrators. The parliamentary standing committee on the liberation war affairs came up with the decision following revelation of...

Son testifies on killing of mother

A witness yesterday told the war crimes tribunal that ATM Azharul Islam along with two Pakistani army men shot his mother Anjiron Nesa dead at Badarganj in Rangpur during the 1971 Liberation War. “I demand justice for my mother's killing,” said Moqbul Hossain, the sixth prosecution witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Azharul. The 64-year-old said Azharul had campaigned for Jamaat candidates in Rangpur ahead of the 1970 election and that was when he got to...

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