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Verdict

Jabbar verdict tomorrow

WAR TRIAL

Jabbar verdict tomorrow

A tribunal in Dhaka will deliver its verdict tomorrow in the case against fugitive accused Abdul Jabbar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The alleged chairman of Mathbaria Thana unit of Peace Committee, an auxiliary force to the Pakistani occupation army, is facing five charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Pirojpur in May and October of 1971. The charges levelled against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker include killing 36, forcefully converting 200 Hindus to Islam, looting and torching 500...

Death Sentence

Kamaruzzaman to seek review

Death row convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman yesterday asked his counsels to file a petition with the Supreme Court seeking a review of its verdict that upheld death penalty for him for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.  If the appeal is rejected by the apex court, the convict would then decide on seeking presidential mercy, Shishir Manir, a counsel for Kamaruzzaman, told The Daily Star. He along with four other lawyers -- Tajul Islam, Ehsan A Siddiq, Moshiul Alam and...

DEATH for Subhan

DEATH for Subhan

“We fail to understand how the accused Subhan being a Bengali Muslim actively aided, abetted and facilitated the commission of such crimes with extreme cruelty against the non combatant civilians of his own locality. Did it match to humanity?” – Justice Obaidul Hassan.   He was too cruel to pay heed to the cries of...

War Crimes Trial

Verdict today in Subhan case

Verdict today in Subhan case

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 is set to deliver the verdict today in the case against Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan for allegedly committing genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The Jamaat nayeb-e-ameer has been accused of playing a key role in organising the anti-liberation elements in Pabna. The prosecution claimed that they have been able to prove all the nine charges against the 79-year-old politician and sought death penalty for him. They also prayed for adequate compensation for the victims. The most serious of the charges is killing of 300-400 people by the Pakistan army and its local collaborators allegedly under his leadership in several villages of Satbaria union under...

Defence claims ‘legal and factual mistakes' in verdict

Defence claims ‘legal and factual mistakes' in verdict

International Crimes Tribunal-2 has made “legal and factual mistakes" in the verdict that awarded death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan in a war crimes case, a defence lawyer has claimed. “We will bring the mistakes to notice when we will appeal for the verdict with the higher court,” defence lawyer Shishir Manir told...

War Crimes Trial Of Kamaruzzaman

Full SC verdict likely this week

Full SC verdict likely this week

The full text of the Supreme Court judgment upholding the death penalty for war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman is likely to be released any day this week. It will clear the way for the Jamaat assistant secretary general to seek a review of his capital punishment by the apex court. All the four SC judges, who had delivered the verdict on November 3 last year by a majority decision, have recently completed writing their parts of the judgment, an SC source said. The parts of the judgment will be compiled into a full verdict and then the judges will affix their signs on it for its release. Talking to The Daily Star on Friday,...

Split War Crimes Verdict

Law minister's remarks tantamount to contempt of court

The Supreme Court Bar Association chief yesterday alleged that Law Minister Anisul Huq's comments about a judge who dissented in a war crimes verdict but has not written the full judgment yet were tantamount to "serious contempt of court". Addressing a press conference at SCBA, Khandker Mahbub Hossain said he could not believe the law minister who was a competent lawyer and had long practiced in the SC would make such comments. The minister said on Monday, as quoted by the...

Zubair murder verdict now Feb 8

Zubair murder verdict now Feb 8

A Dhaka court today rescheduled the verdict of Jahangirnagar University student Zubair Ahmed murder case for February 8 as the jail authorities failed to produce the accused before it on security ground following the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s ongoing hartal. Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 of Dhaka was scheduled to pronounce the verdict today. Zubair Ahmed, an honours final year student of English, was tortured and stabbed allegedly by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League on January 8, 2012. He succumbed to his injuries in a Dhaka hospital the following day.

WARRANT OF PRECEDENCE

PM terms SC verdict unethical

PM terms SC verdict unethical

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today came down heavily on a recent Supreme Court verdict regarding Warrant of Precedence saying it is “totally unethical and might create disorder within the state organs”. "I will say that delivering such judgement is totally out of ethics," she said in parliament while replying to a lawmaker's supplementary question in this regard. The Appellate Division of SC on January 11  disposed of “with expunction, modification, observation and findings” an appeal against a 2010 High Court order that declared illegal and void the existing Warrant of Precedence, formulated in 1986 and...

War Crimes Trial

Verdict today in Azhar case

Verdict today in Azhar case

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is scheduled to deliver its verdict in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam today more than three months after the trial proceedings concluded. Alleged Al-Badr commander of Rangpur, Azharul was indicted on six charges of murder, genocide and crimes against humanity. The Jamaat assistant secretary general, however, pleads not guilty. Prosecutor Zead Al Malum claimed that the prosecution had been able to prove all the charges beyond any reasonable doubt and expressed the hope that the tribunal would sentence the war crimes accused to death. On the other side, defence counsel Shishir Manir claimed that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges as the “witnesses...

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