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International Crimes Tribunal-1

Editorial

Nizami brought to justice

WITH the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami to death, another top leader of the party gets his comeuppance. He adds to the list of five other infamously high-profile convicts marking an advanced stage in the long-awaited trial process as a whole. Nizami has been found guilty in 8 of the 16 charges leveled against him after 22-month-long trial proceedings marked by hurdles. Those included tribunal reconstitution, rehearing of the closing arguments and deferment of verdict by...

Islam misused deliberately

Jamaat and its the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha had misused the religion and worked against the sanctions of the Holy Quran and Hadiths by committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 said. Jamaat-e-Islami's notorious student wing was renamed Islami Chhatra Shibir after the war. The two had functioned as “communal” as well as “criminal” organisations to implement the plan and design of the Pakistan army, which resulted in the killing of innumerable...

Death for death designer

Death for death designer

He did whatever he could to stop the nation's birth. He led a ruthless militia to massacre unarmed civilians during the 1971 Liberation War. Motiur Rahman Nizami didn't stop there. Towards the end of the war, he, aided by the Pakistan army, unleashed his force, Al-Badr Bahini, to wipe out the brightest sons and...

Why acquitted of 8 charges

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 cleared Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami from eight charges, including of genocide, conspiracy of and incitement to killings, thanks to lack of evidence. A total of 16 charges for wartime offences were framed against Nizami. "The accused is held not guilty of the offences of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity [killing, conspiracy and incitement]' and be acquitted of the said eight charges”, the verdict reads. Out of the eight charges, four were brought against the war criminal for...

Nizami's War Crimes Trial

Verdict today

Verdict today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June. The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in eliminating the Bangalee...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Death for Nizami

Death for Nizami

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami of four charges of war crimes, which include the killings of intellectuals at the fag end of the 1971 Liberation War. The 71-year-old has also been awarded life sentence in four other charges as the International Crimes Tribunal-1 found...

8 charges Nizami found guilty for

8 charges Nizami found guilty for

The International Crimes Tribunal has found involvement of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in eight wartime offences including genocide to eliminate intellectuals and professionals. Of the eight charges, Nizami has been to death penalty for four charges while life term imprisonment for the other charges.   CHARGES NIZAMI AWARDED DEATH PENALTY FOR 1....

Many hurdles before the verdict

Many hurdles before the verdict

The judgment of Motiur Rahman Nizami is going to be delivered nearly a year after the completion of the trial proceedings, which went through different hurdles, including tribunal reconstitution, rehearing of closing arguments and deferment of the verdict. Nizami, ameer since November 2000 of Jamaat which fought tooth and nail against the birth of...

Prosecution Unprepared In Hassan's Case

Hearing adjourned

Irked by poor preparations of the prosecution, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday adjourned hearing on charge-framing of the war crimes case against Syed Md Hassan Ali and fixed October 22 for next hearing. It was not the first time the tribunal expressed dissatisfaction over poor preparations of the prosecution of the case. The three-member tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim was exasperated when prosecutor Mohammad Ali prayed to the tribunal to frame charges against Hassan, saying the prosecution had not...

Jabbar was behind killing of 22 people

A victim yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that anti-liberation elements had shot dead 22 people including his father and brother at the instructions of war crimes accused Abdul Jabbar during the War of Independence. Shontosh Kumar Mitra, the sixth prosecution witness in the case against the fugitive accused, said Razakars had also shot him, but he cheated death at Surjamoni village of Pirojpur on October 6, 1971. Shontosh had received training on combat in the Sundarbans area under sub-sector commander...

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