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International Crimes Tribunal-1

War Crimes In Bagerhat

Tribunal accepts charges against 3

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday took into cognizance eight charges against three war crimes suspects for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity and genocide 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 three-member tribunal also fixed September 30 for hearing arguments from both prosecution and defence on charge framing. The trio joined the Razakar Bahini - an auxiliary force of...

COMMENT OVER GHULAM AZAM'S VERDICT

ICT cautions HRW

ICT cautions HRW

International Crimes Tribunal-1 today cautioned Human Rights Watch to be more “circumspect” while making any comment over Bangladesh's judiciary. The tribunal came up with the warning after it found the comments made by the rights organisation over war criminal Ghulam Azam's trial contemptuous. On August 16 last year, the HRW, in an article published in...

War Trial Verdict Leak

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

Detectives yesterday pressed charges against the wife and son of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and five others for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced him to death. Tribunal-1 had awarded the capital punishment to the BNP leader on October 1 last year for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Back then, the leaking of the verdict a day ahead of its delivery raised serious questions about the security of the tribunal. Apart from Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin's manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin's counsel Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's assistant Mehedi Hasan, and the tribunal's office assistant Faruk Hossain...

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,...

Prosecution wants gallows for Azharul

The prosecution yesterday sought capital punishment for Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam claiming that they had proved the charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against him at the International Crimes Tribunal-1. “Accused Azharul Islam was involved in sexually violating women, committed [at Rangpur Town Hall] during the Liberation War in 1971, which represents his perverted mentality,” said prosecutor Tureen Afroz. Before drawing conclusion to the arguments on legal aspects, she prayed to the tribunal to order Azharul to pay adequate...

Jabbar's war crimes trial starts on Sept 7

Jabbar's war crimes trial starts on Sept 7

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday framed five charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the country's Liberation War in 1971. Jabbar, who was chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with murder, mass killing, looting and forced conversion committed during the war. After framing the charges, the tribunal fixed September 7 for starting the trial with opening statements and examination of prosecution witnesses. The accused had allegedly played a key role in the formation of Razakar Bhahini and had led the force in committing crimes in Mathbaria. Chairman of the three-member tribunal Justice M Enayetur Rahim said...

War Crimes Trial against Azhar

Defence given last chance to produce only witness

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday gave a last chance to the defence to produce their only witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam as they failed to produce their intended four witnesses yesterday. The tribunal set August 3 for the defence to examine their witness. The three-member tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim on July 7 allowed four witnesses for the defence and ordered them to produce the witnesses yesterday, but they...

Jabbar's trial to be held in absentia

A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday decided to initiate the trial against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed in Pirojpur during the Liberation War in 1971. The court also fixed July 20 for the hearing on charge framing against the absconding accused. Mohammad Abdul Hasan was made the tribunal appointed defence lawyer for Jabbar. On May 12, the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1 headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim issued an...

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

A tribunal in Dhaka today decided to hold the trial of war crimes suspect Abdul Jabbar in absentia for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. After passing the order, the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1 headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim fixed July 20 for charge framing hearing in the case. The tribunal issued an arrest warrant against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker on May 12 after accepting five war crimes charges against him. Jabbar, now 82, was the alleged chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee, an anti-liberation force, during the Liberation War in 1971. As Jabbar was not arrested by this time, the court...

Defence conceals info in petition

The prosecution yesterday brought allegations of 'fraudulence' against the defence counsel of war crimes accused ATM Azharul Islam as the latter 'concealed information' in their petition. The defence filed the petition with the International Crimes Tribunal-1 seeking permission to scrutinise the probe report prepared by the investigation officer (IO). The tribunal also expressed its discontent over the defence's 'dilatory tactics' in cross-examining the last prosecution witness SM Idris Ali, also the IO of the war crimes case.   It directed the defence...

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