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War Crimes Trial

Sayedee's virtual reprieve ...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Sayedee's virtual reprieve ...

AS long as you can stay on the hot tin roof as the expression goes, Sayedee may have demonstrated his staying power. It was Alberto Sordi, the Italian film director and actor, who said, "Conscience is the quiet voice that warns you not to leave any fingerprints." But patently unconscionable as they were...

Editorial

SC verdict against Sayedee

THE Supreme Court in a verdict on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment till death for his crimes against humanity in 1971. While the victims' families and many others may not find it satisfactory we we accept this judgment which has been pronounced by majority opinion of a full bench of the Appellate Division. It has been delivered at the end of a long process of adjudication during which 48 days of hearings were held by...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Verdict on Kamaruzzaman appeal any day

Verdict on Kamaruzzaman appeal any day

The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict any day on an appeal filed by war criminal Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging death penalty awarded to him for his wartime offences. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha today kept the appeal waiting for verdict after concluding hearings for...

Expectation not fulfilled, says attorney general

Expectation not fulfilled, says attorney general

Expressing dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court verdict in war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today said the judgement did not fulfill his expectation. "I had expected that the apex court will uphold death sentence of Sayedee that International Crimes Tribunal-1 delivered," Alam said. "But we did not get...

Jamaat calls hartal for tomorrow, Sunday

Jamaat calls hartal for tomorrow, Sunday

Jamaat-e-Islami has called countrywide hartal (shutdown) from 6:00am Thursday to 6:00am Friday and 6:00am Sunday to 6:00am Monday protesting the Supreme Court verdict that awarded war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee jail till death. The SC today commuted Sayedee’s death sentence to imprisonment till death for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation...

Charges against 3 Bagerhat ‘Razakars’ taken into cognisance

Charges against 3 Bagerhat ‘Razakars’ taken into cognisance

A tribunal in Dhaka today took cognisance of eight charges against three war crimes accused for their alleged crimes against humanity and genocide in Bagerhat during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The accused are Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 72, Khan Akram Hossain, 61, and Abdul Latif Talukdar, 68. The trio joined the...

2 war crimes accused held in Netrakona

2 war crimes accused held in Netrakona

Two accused in a war crimes case were arrested by Netrakona police this morning. The arrestees -- Obaidul Hauque Taher and Ataur Rahaman Noni -- are residents of Mukyrpara in the town, reports our Netrakona correspondent. The duo was arrested as they were accused of a case filed for killing freedom fighter Badiuzzaman Mukta of...

Organisation's war crimes trial inevitable: Law minister

Organisation's war crimes trial inevitable: Law minister

Trial of any organisation involved in war crimes is inevitable to fulfill the expectation and desire of the countrymen, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The draft proposal for amending international crimes tribunal act determining punishment for such organisations will be placed before the cabinet soon for its approval, the minister said. Once the cabinet approves the proposal, the punishment for the offence will be revealed, he said. The law minister’s comment came two days after US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen J Rapp opposed the trial of any political party or organisation for crimes against humanity. Rapp called for focusing on individuals who committed those crimes. He was talking to reporters after...

US envoy appreciates courage of tribunals' judges

US envoy appreciates courage of tribunals' judges

Visiting Stephen J Rapp, US ambassador-at-large for the office of global criminal justice, today appreciated the courage of the judges of International Crimes Tribunals who are dealing with the war crimes cases. "It's so important that the judges are able to do their job without pressure and politics. I very much salute their service and courage", Rapp told reporters after emerging from a meeting with the tribunals' judges. Rapp reached the tribunals' office at the Old High Court building around 1:20pm and held a one-hour meeting with the judges. Prior to the meeting, Rapp met the tribunals' investigation agency members at its Dhanmondi office in the capital. He has arrived Dhaka this morning...

War Crimes Trial against Azhar

Defence given last chance to produce only witness

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday gave a last chance to the defence to produce their only witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam as they failed to produce their intended four witnesses yesterday. The tribunal set August 3 for the defence to examine their witness. The three-member tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim on July 7 allowed four witnesses for the defence and ordered them to produce the witnesses yesterday, but they...

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