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Amended ICT law may be passed in 2015: Minister

Amended ICT law may be passed in 2015: Minister

The amendment to the concerned law keeping provision to try an organisation for wartime offences might be passed in the first parliament session of next year, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The amendment proposal to International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 will be placed before the cabinet during the current month or the first...

Subhan verdict any day

Subhan verdict any day

The trial of war crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan ended yesterday and the International Crimes Tribunal-2 kept the case waiting for verdict delivery. Subhan, the alleged vice-chairman of anti-liberation Peace Committee in Pabna in 1971, faces nine charges, including that of genocide, committed in the district during the Liberation War.  The charges are based on incidents that took place in Pabna between April 13 and October 30 in 1971, in which several hundred people were killed. The prosecution sought the death penalty for the Jamaat nayeb-e-ameer claiming that they had been able to prove all nine charges. They also prayed for adequate compensation for the victims. Subhan's defence lawyers claimed that the...

WAR TRIAL

Subhan’s verdict any day

Subhan’s verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded the trial proceedings of war crimes suspect Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan and kept the case waiting for verdict delivery. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 headed by Justice Obaidul Hasan kept the case CAV [Curia Advisari Vult, a Latin legal term meaning verdict could be delivered anytime] after concluding hearing...

SC hearing on Mojaheed appeal starts Jan 14

SC hearing on Mojaheed appeal starts Jan 14

The Supreme Court today fixed January 14 next year for starting hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging his death sentence for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed the date as the appeal was enlisted in the cause list of the court today. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on July 17 last year found the Jamaat secretary general guilty of five, out of seven charges, brought against him. The tribunal sentenced him to death on three charges, jailed him for life in one and sentenced him...

Sayedee shifted to Dhaka jail after medical check-up

Sayedee shifted to Dhaka jail after medical check-up

Convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee was shifted to Dhaka Central Jail today after his medical check-up at the BSMMU following his complaint of chest pain. The 74-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami leader was first taken to the Gazipur District Hospital after he felt chest pain at Kashimpur High Security Jail in Gazipur around 3:00pm yesterday, his lawyer Tajul Islam told The Daily Star. He was transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University  (BSMMU) around 3:00am today, Tajul said. After his medical check-up, the doctors found nothing serious, said Farman Ali, senior jail super of the prison. Later, the nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat was released and taken to the Dhaka jail, he added. The Supreme Court on September...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

What should Bangladesh do with Jamaat?

AS media reports, the Bangladesh Government is going to proscribe the Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party. This move could be taken as early as December, or latest by January 2015. The High Court has already de-registered the party, which amounts to revoking its legitimacy. From the ongoing debates among politicians, analysts and members of the civil society in Bangladesh on proscribing the Jamaat it appears that the issue solely hinges on one particular premise, the party's opposition to the...

War Crimes Trial

Verdict in Mobarak case today

Verdict in Mobarak case today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver today the verdict in the war crimes case against Mobarak Hossain, a leader of Brahmanbaria Awami League, for his alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The alleged “Razakar commander” faces five charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in 1971. The 64-year-old, now behind bars, served as the AL organising secretary of Mugra union unit of Akhaura upazila for 16 years until 2012. He was allegedly involved in murder, abduction, confinement, torture and looting homes of their valuables while serving as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, according to the charges pressed against him. After fixing the date for delivering the verdict...

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. In his appeal filed with the Supreme Court, Nizami claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on the eight charges he was found guilty. International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 29 handed him the death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals. The 71-year-old was also awarded life imprisonment on the other four charges. Citing from the appeal, Shishir Manir, a lawyer for Nizami, told The Daily Star that the tribunal had failed to consider that Nizami was never associated with any auxiliary...

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...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

AL leader Mobarak verdict tomorrow

AL leader Mobarak verdict tomorrow

A tribunal in Dhaka today fixed tomorrow for delivering its verdict in the war crimes case against Mobarak Hossain, a leader of Brahmanbaria Awami League, for his alleged crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. He is facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the Liberation War in 1971. The 64-year-old, now behind the bars, served as the AL organising secretary of a union parishad unit for 16 years till 2012. While serving as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, he was involved in murder, abduction, confinement, torture and loot, according to the charges pressed against him. After fixing the date for delivering the verdict today, the...

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