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War Crimes Trial

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. His lawyer Joynul Abedin Tuhin submitted the 50-page appeal, along with necessary documents, with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court around...

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

The Supreme Court is set tomorrow to start hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging the death penalty handed down to him for his war crimes. The appeal has been enlisted for hearing as case No-4 in tomorrow’s cause list of a four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The three other judges of the bench are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik. On December 3 last year, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by incumbent Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed January 14 for...

Charges levelled against Jamaat leader Azharul

Charges levelled against Jamaat leader Azharul

ATM Azharul Islam, assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, is facing six charges of murder, genocide and crimes against humanity for his offences during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 led by its Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim is set to deliver its verdict on Azharul today. THE CHARGES    1. Abduction, confinement, torture and murder of Durgadas Adhikari and seven other civilians between March 24 and April 3, 1971. 2. Massacre in Mokshedpur Dhap Para and adjacent areas on April 16. 3. Massacre at Jharuarbeel and killing of around 1,400 unarmed civilians on April 17. 4. Abduction and murder of four Hindu teachers of Carmichael College and others on April 30. 5....

Jamaat calls hartal for Wednesday, Thursday

Jamaat calls hartal for Wednesday, Thursday

Aggrieved by today's war crimes verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam, the party has called countrywide daylong hartal (shutdown) for Wednesday and Thursday. Jamaat will observe the strike from 6:00am to 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday protesting “the government’s conspiracy to kill Azharul”, said a party press release. They also demanded immediate release of...

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha brought out a procession of joy in Dhaka today after Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam was handed death by a war crimes tribunal. “We are pleased on the verdict,” Mancha faction spokesperson Imran H Sarker said. “This verdict reflects the desire of the people and all the victims of the atrocities of...

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 today’s hearing, Prosecutor Mokhlesur Rahman Badal read out the charges before the tribunal in presence of the Forkan. Earlier on June 25,...

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...

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