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International Crimes Tribunal-1

Reporting War Trial

Tribunal asks media to be cautious

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday asked the media to be more cautious and responsible while reporting on trial proceedings. "Events should be reported as it happens," Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the special tribunal, said before pronouncing the verdict of Mobarak Hossain. The judge came up with the warning a day after some private television channels on Sunday aired breaking news about a tribunal order much before the tribunal actually gave it. "When Mobarak's war crimes case was put on yesterday's...

Verdict in war crimes case today

Verdict in war crimes case today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver today verdict in the case against fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon in connection with crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Faridpur during the Liberation War in 1971. “Let the case be fixed tomorrow for the delivery of judgement,” said Justice M Enayetur Rahim,...

Syed Hasan indicted on six war crimes charges

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday indicted Syed Md Hasan Ali, an alleged Razakar commander now in hiding, on six charges of crimes against humanity and genocide in Kishoreganj during the Liberation War in 1971. The three-member tribunal chaired by Jusitce M Enayetur Rahim fixed December 7 for the start of the trial and read out all the charges, which include torching and looting of seven houses of one Hasan Ahmed of Sachail village on April 27, complicity in killing of...

Jabbar's War Crimes Trial

Witness narrates narrow escape

A witness yesterday narrated before International Crimes Tribunal-1 his narrow escape when a bullet shot by a Razakar skimmed across his head at Noli village in Pirojpur on May 22, 1971 during the Liberation War. Keshob Chandra Biswas, the 21st prosecution witness, said villagers had initially tried to resist an attack by war crimes accused and fugitive former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar along with Razakars, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army, at about 9:00am. “At one stage on...

News Analysis

A saga of disgrace

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 deserves kudos for strongly denouncing the appointment of anti-liberation leader Motiur Rahman Nizami as a minister by the then BNP-led government in 2001. The appointment was a great blunder; said the court, a clear slap in the face for the Liberation War as well as three million martyrs and two lakh women who sacrificed their chastities for the liberation of Bangladesh. BNP chief Khaleda Zia, the then premier, had inducted Nizami into her cabinet and gave him...


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...

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