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Prosecution happy with Mobarak verdict

Prosecution happy with Mobarak verdict

The prosecution expressed satisfaction over the capital punishment awarded to Mobarak Hossain, an Awami League leader of Brahmanbaria, for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down death sentence to Mobarak for gunning down 33 people on the west bank of Ganga Sagar Dighi in Brahmanbaria...

ICT cautions media

ICT cautions media

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 chairman today asked the media to be cautious while reporting trial proceedings. “Events should be reported when it happens,” said Justice M Enayetur Rahim. He came with the remarks before starting delivery of the verdict against Awami League local leader Mobarak Hossain in a war crimes case. The tribunal sat at...

8 war crimes charges pressed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

8 war crimes charges pressed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

Prosecution today pressed eight charges against war crimes suspect Forkan Mallik of Patuakhali for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Prosecutor Mokhlesure Rahman pressed the formal charges that include mass killing, looting and arson to the registrar office of the International Crimes Tribunal this morning. The 63-year-old hailed from Chailabunia village in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali. After hearing the charges, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 fixed November 30 to decide whether it will take the charges into cognisance. After the International Crimes Tribunal's investigation agency completed the probe report on Forkan on October 27, the report, statements of witnesses and other documents were submitted to the prosecution. On June...

Kishoreganj war crimes suspect indicted

Kishoreganj war crimes suspect indicted

A tribunal in Dhaka framed six charges against fugitive war crimes suspect of Kishoreganj Syed Md Hasan Ali. The charges include genocides and crimes against humanity committed allegedly by Hasan during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim fixed December 7...

Kamaruzzaman’s execution depends on SC verdict release: AG

Kamaruzzaman’s execution depends on SC verdict release: AG

Steps can be taken for war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman’s execution before December 16, the victory day, if the Supreme Court sends its verdict to the International Crimes Tribunal-2 by the third week of this month, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said. Execution of Kamaruzaman’s capital punishment depends on the release of the SC verdict, he said while talking to reporters at his office today. The attorney general said the ICT-2 will issue a death warrant against the Jamaat-e-Islami leader within a day or two after receiving the SC judgement, and then the jail authorities will execute his death penalty. He added that now it cannot be said specifically what will be the...

Kamaruzzaman won’t seek mercy before review plea disposal

Kamaruzzaman won’t seek mercy before review plea disposal

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will not seek presidential mercy until the Supreme Court disposes of his review petition to be filed with the apex court, a defence lawyer said today. “Kamaruzzaman will decide about the presidential mercy after the Supreme Court disposed of his review petition,” Mohammad Shishir Manir, one of the counsels of the death row convict, said at a press conference at Supreme Court Bar Association this afternoon. The Jamaat-e-Islami leader will file the review within 30 days after receiving the certified copy of the Appellate Division judgment that upheld his death penalty for wartime offences, Manir told reporters. On November 3, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty...

‘Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence execution on SC verdict release’

‘Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence execution on SC verdict release’

Convicted war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence will be carried out on the release of the Supreme Court verdict, the law minister has said. A copy of the SC judgment which may be short or full is needed for executing the death sentence, Anisul Huq told The Daily Star this evening. After getting the certified copy of the SC judgment, International Crimes Tribunal-2 will issue a death warrant against Kamaruzzaman and then the jail authorities will carry out the sentence, the minister added. Earlier in the day, Anisul told the media that the sentence will be executed if he does not seek presidential mercy in seven days since hearing the SC verdict...

Security not an issue for them now

Defence counsels went to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday to meet death row war crimes convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, ignoring the “security issues” they had been citing as reasons for their absence from the trial proceedings on hartal days.   In 2012 and last year, senior defence lawyers did not attend the two international crimes tribunals on hartal days, even after repeated assurances from the courts that they would be provided with necessary protection.  On several occasions, the tribunals imposed fines on them but...

‘Govt won’t hesitate to execute Kamaruzzaman’s death penalty’

‘Govt won’t hesitate to execute Kamaruzzaman’s death penalty’

The government would not hesitate to execute death sentence of war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman despite a call by United Nations human rights experts to halt the execution, the law minister has said. “The highest court of the country has sentenced Muhammad Kamaruzzaman to death for his war crimes, maintaining all legal procedures. We are a sovereign nation, and therefore, the government will do what is needful to implement its verdict,” Anisul Huq told The Daily Star today. Anisul said Kamaruzzaman will be given seven days for seeking presidential mercy since hearing the verdict, as per relevant rules. “If he does not seek presidential clemency by that time, the government will take necessary...

Lawyers meet Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka jail

Lawyers meet Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka jail

Counsels for death row convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman met the Jamaat-e-Islami leader at Dhaka Central Jail this morning. Four defence lawyers entered the jail and visited the Jamaat-e-Islami leader. They spent 45 minutes with Kamaruzzaman from 10:15am. After visiting the Jamaat leader, Shishir told the Daily Star that the jail authorities did not inform his client...

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