War Crimes Trial: Verdict in Ranada Prasad Shaha murder case today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 27, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:54 AM, June 27, 2019

War Crimes Trial: Verdict in Ranada Prasad Shaha murder case today

International Crimes Tribunal-1 will deliver its verdict today in a case filed over war-time crimes committed in 1971, including abduction and murder of philanthropist Ranada Prasad Shaha and his son.

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam set the date yesterday. The verdict has been pending since April 24. Both the prosecution and defence counsel has completed their closing arguments.

The lone accused Mahbubur Rahman, 69, of Mirzapur in Tangail has been in jail since November 2016, and pleaded not guilty. He is facing three charges.

Earlier, Prosecutor Rana Dasgupta prayed for capital punishment of the accused, saying that all three charges have been proven against him beyond reasonable doubt.

However, defence counsel Gazi MH Tamim prayed for his acquittal saying that the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

Mahbubur’s late father Abdul Wadud alias Wadud Moulana was the chairman of Mirzapur Peace Committee, an anti-liberation organisation, while he (Mahbubur) and his late brother were involved in Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan army in 1971, according to investigators.

A Jamaat follower, Mahbubur ran for the chairman post of Mirzapur Union Parishad in Tangail as an independent candidate three times but never succeeded, they said.

The prosecution on January 10 last year pressed three charges against Mahbubur, including abduction and killing of Ranada Prasad, his son Bhabani Prasad, and five others.

Two other charges are: killing 33 Hindu people in Shahapara, Mirzapur and killing 22 Hindu men from different villages in the upazila.

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