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Decision on Patuakhali ‘Razakar’ indictment Dec 18

Decision on Patuakhali ‘Razakar’ indictment Dec 18

A tribunal in Dhaka will take decision on December 18 whether it will frame charges against war crimes suspect Forkan Mallik for his alleged crimes against humanity in Patuakhali during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hasan fixed the date after hearing on charges brought against Forkan. Prosecution on November 17 pressed eight charges against the alleged Razakar commander, 63, hails from Chailabunia village in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali. The charges include mass killing, murder, rape, arson and forced religious conversion. During...

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...

Jessore war crimes suspect Sakhawat Hossain held

Jessore war crimes suspect Sakhawat Hossain held

Police arrested a war crimes suspect Mawlana Sakhawat Hossain at Uttar Khan in Dhaka this evening. Sakhawat Hossain, 70, former lawmaker of Jamaat and BNP in Jessore-6 (Keshabpur), went on hiding since a war crimes probe against him began in February 2011. Law enforcers arrested him from the ground floor of a house at Masterpara in Uttar Khan around 6:00pm, Yunus Ali, officer-in-charge of Uttar Khan Police Station, told The Daily Star. The war crimes investigation agency received a number of allegations of murder, mass killing and other crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War against Sakhawat. A probe which started on April 1, 2012, would soon be completed and the report...

CONVICTION OF WAR CRIMINALS

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

The foreign ministry today strongly protested adoption of a resolution by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Provincial Assembly of Pakistan on the conviction of the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity and genocide during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. In a diplomatic note sent to the Pakistan high commission in Dhaka, the ministry deplored the adoption of the said resolution. “It was a brazen denial of justice for the victims of the heinous crimes committed by the convicted individuals and that the KPK Assembly chose to speak for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami,” the foreign ministry said in the diplomatic note. The KPK Assembly was advised not to make such sweeping, biased, misinformed and...

War Crimes Trial

Sloppy prosecution irks tribunal again

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday again criticised the prosecution in Subhan's case for not being properly prepared, making points that had already been made and thereby wasting the court's time. The tribunal even raised questions about the language used by Prosecutor Zead Al Malum while placing arguments on legal aspects in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan. “You are not placing legal arguments the way it should be. If you want to place legal arguments, you have to use legal...

WAR TRIAL

Khokon Razakar verdict tomorrow

Khokon Razakar verdict tomorrow

A tribunal in Dhaka today fixed Thursday for delivering its verdict in the war crimes case against fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon known as Khokon Razakar for his alleged crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War. According to the prosecution, Khokon led the Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, in Faridpur district in 1971. The 70-year-old faces 11 charges, including genocide, torture, abduction, rape and confinement. Being the vice-president of Nagarkanda unit BNP, Khokon contested the municipality election in 2011 and became its mayor. After taking the oath, he went into hiding and the investigation agency “assumed” that he is now in Sweden with his son and...

Kamaruzzaman’s execution depends on SC verdict release: AG

Kamaruzzaman’s execution depends on SC verdict release: AG

Steps can be taken for war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman’s execution before December 16, the victory day, if the Supreme Court sends its verdict to the International Crimes Tribunal-2 by the third week of this month, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said. Execution of Kamaruzaman’s capital punishment depends on the release of the SC verdict, he said while talking to reporters at his office today. The attorney general said the ICT-2 will issue a death warrant against the Jamaat-e-Islami leader within a day or two after receiving the SC judgement, and then the jail authorities will execute his death penalty. He added that now it cannot be said specifically what will be the...

2 Chapainawabganj ‘razakars’ to face tribunal Nov 16

2 Chapainawabganj ‘razakars’ to face tribunal Nov 16

A tribunal in Dhaka today directed the jail authorities to produce two war crimes suspects before it on November 16 for their alleged crimes against humanity committed in Chapainawabganj during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Mahidur Rahman, 84, of Dadanchak village, and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu, 65, of Satrosia village, of the district,...

Execution only thru' due process

Two human rights experts of the United Nations have called on the government to stay the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman who has been awarded death penalty for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on summary executions, and Gabriela Knaul, another UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said a person sentenced to death must have the right to seek pardon or commutation of his sentence.  In a press release...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Speaking at what could be their last meeting before facing his ultimate fate, war crimes convict Kamaruzzaman told his wife Tuesday that he was being “killed” because he was trying to establish Islam in the country. According to media reports, he said that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of Islam...

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