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11 remanded over RU teacher murder

11 remanded over RU teacher murder

A Rajshahi court today placed 11 people on a two-day remand in a case filed over the killing of Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. Judge Sharmin Akhter of the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate passed the order after police produced them before the court with a 10-day remand prayer, reports our Rajshahi correspondent. RU...

RU Teacher Murder

Probe focuses on Jamaat-linked radical Islamists

A secret group of radical Islamists with close links to Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir orchestrated the gruesome murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam, investigators told The Daily Star yesterday. Two hours after the murder on Saturday, a so-called militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2 claimed responsibility for the murder on its Facebook page. "We've gathered important information from the Facebook page of Ansar al Islam Bangladesh-2. We've looked into the materials and profiles of those who liked and...

Man shot as Shibir men clash with cops in Sylhet

Man shot as Shibir men clash with cops in Sylhet

A man was hit by a bullet during a clash between the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, and police in Sylhet today. Bullet-injured Rubel Ahmed, driver of the human-hauler requisitioned by police, is undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. Meanwhile, Bogra police fired rubber bullets after Shibir...

Subhan's War Crimes Case

Prosecutorial fumble may foil 9th charge

Placing closing arguments on the last ninth charge in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan yesterday, the prosecution admitted to have mistakenly put in the wrong date of occurrence which, the defence told The Daily Star, would act in the latter's benefit. The charge was over atrocities Subhan-led Razakars allegedly carried out in Pabna's Betbaria and Ramnathpur villages on October 30, 1971. Yesterday, Sultan Mahmud Simon, the case's conducting prosecutor, acknowledged that they had put November 21, 1971...

Charges on which Khokon Razakar found guilty

Charges on which Khokon Razakar found guilty

The International Crimes Tribnal-1 today awarded death penalty to BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon on six charges of crimes committed in Faridpur during the Liberation War. He was also sentenced to 20, 10 and5 years imprisonment as the court found him guilty of 10 out of 11 charges. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1. He abetted Pakistani occupation army by showing them path to Kodalia village. They set fire to several houses and caught around 50-60 people from a nearby hideout. Nineteen people including women and children were shot dead by Khokon, his accomplices and the army. 2. Accompanied by the Pakistani army on May 30, the accused plundered and set fire to many houses...

Justice denied: Defence

Justice denied: Defence

Justice was denied by penalising fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon with death for 1971 war crimes, said the government-appointed defence today after the verdict. “I am not happy with the verdict. It did not establish justice. My client was not involved in any war crime activities and the allegations against him were...

Pakistan: Ill-served by 'strong leaders'

PEW Research Poll (2013) found that Pakistanis prefer (66%-75%) “strong leaders,” a euphemism for military rule/dictatorship, over democracy. To them, military is the only institution that works in Pakistan. Yet, Pak military lost every war against India, failed to snatch an inch of Kashmir, and lost “East Pakistan.” If success is measured by failures, sure Pak military is a success! “Strong leaders” have ill-served Pakistan. Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan's ten-year (1958-69) dictatorship resulted in the break-up of Pakistan. General...

Kamaruzzaman's Execution

It may take a few months

Execution of condemned war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman might take a few months' time, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam hinted yesterday. The state's top counsel also opined that the death sentence can be executed on the basis of a short order of the Supreme Court. However, citing the execution of another Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, he said the SC verdict in Mollah's case was released after 75 days and he was executed in 82 days after the SC sentenced...

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...

18 Jamaat, Shibir men held in Rangpur

18 Jamaat, Shibir men held in Rangpur

At least 18 leaders and activist of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, were detained in Rangpur last night on charge of planning subversive activities during the party’s countrywide demonstration programme today. Police conducted special drives at different locations in eight upazilas of the district and arrested the activists, said Shariful Alam,...

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