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Biswajit Killing Convicts

Some murderers enjoy free life

Two years after the horrific killing of Biswajit Das, as many as 13 of the 21 convicted killers are still on the run, some even roaming freely in the capital.  Of the fugitives, two were sentenced to death and 11 given life term for hacking Biswajit to death in broad daylight and in the presence of newsmen.      Our family is in a state of panic. As far as I am concerned some of the convicts were seen in different areas in the capital," Biswajit's elder brother Uttam Das told The...

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...

Nazmul's Graft Case

SC overturns HC acquittal

The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped a High Court verdict that acquitted former BNP minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda in a bribery case. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on March 21, 2007 centring Tk 2.40 crore taken from a businessman in favour of the couple's weekly newspaper Khoborer Ontorale. The SC also asked the HC to expeditiously hold further hearing and dispose of the appeals filed by the convicts challenging a lower court verdict jailing Nazmul for seven...

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,...

War Crimes Trial

Mir Quasem's verdict today

Mir Quasem's verdict today

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 is set to deliver its verdict today in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. Quasem, the alleged chief of Chittagong Al-Badr Bahini, an auxiliary force of Pakistani army, was shifted to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur on Friday. Meanwhile, the Jamaat will enforce the second bout of its countrywide 72-hour hartal today, protesting the capital punishment of its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing crimes against humanity. The shutdown will start at 6:00am today and end at 6:00am on Tuesday. The party on Thursday enforced a countrywide 24-hour strike. Talking to The Daily Star yesterday,...

Nizami Verdict

Prosecution elated; defence terms it unjust

The prosecution termed yesterday's verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami as their success while the defence called it unjust and said they would appeal against it in the Supreme Court. After the International Crimes Tribunal-1 pronounced Nizami guilty of war crimes and handed down the capital punishment on four charges, Prosecutor Mohammad Ali told journalists outside the court that they had proved beyond doubt eight of the 16 charges brought against him, which led to such a judgment. Another prosecution...

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...

Defence terms verdict 'unjust'

Defence terms verdict 'unjust'

Expressing dissatisfaction over the verdict against war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami, the defence said it is an 'unjust' punishment. "Nizami did not get justice. It is most unhappy judgement, which is breach of justice. We must appeal against the verdict," said Tajul Islam, a counsel for defence. "We are very much aggrieved with verdict," he...

Govt to uphold death rule in Nizami’s appeal

Govt to uphold death rule in Nizami’s appeal

The government will take necessary legal steps to uphold the death penalty for war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami in the Appellate Division and execute the verdict as soon as possible, the law minister said today. “Now we (government) will try to get over with the appeal hearing quickly upholding the death verdict,” Anisul Huq told reporters at his Gulshan residence in the capital while giving his reaction to the media. "I am satisfied over the verdict personally and the government is also pleased with it. The verdict is acceptable," the minister said. Nizami has not only killed people during the country's 1971 Liberation War but also planned killing of many, including the...

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