Bangladesh: ICT awards death penalty to two, life imprisonment to three in Moulvibazar genocide case

A Bangladesh special court has convicted five people of genocide in the northeastern district of Moulvibazar during the 1971 Liberation War, the BDnews 24 reported.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) awarded the capital punishment to Md Nesar Ali and Ujer Ahmed Chowdhury.

The three other convicts—Shamsul Hossain Tarafder alias Ashraf, Yunus Ahmed and Mobarak Mia—have been sentenced to prison until death.

Convicts Yunus and Ujer were in the dock when the verdict was delivered on Wednesday while the rest were tried as fugitives.

The tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam said in its verdict that all of the five charges levelled by the prosecution have been proven beyond doubt and ordered the execution of death sentences by hanging.

The tribunal also instructed the home minister and the inspector general of police to take necessary steps to arrest the fugitive convicts and execute their sentences.

The war crimes convicts have the option to appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court, but the fugitives have to surrender before the authorities, prior to that.

This is the 30th verdict by the war crimes tribunal since it was formed in 2010. The tribunal has tried 67 suspects, three of whom had died during trials.

A total of 64 people have been convicted of 1971 war crimes, of which 38 got the capital punishment.

The investigation in the case began in October 2014. The tribunal’s investigation wing submitted its report in January 2016.

The court indicted the five on 8 December 2016 and began hearings in the trial on 15 January last year.

According to the charges, Shamsul was the local Al-Badr commander while Nesar was a local Razakar commander in 1971.

All of them had been charged with murders, genocide, abduction and torture during the 1971 Liberation War.

Ujer and Yunus were arrested in Moulvibazar on 13 October 2015 after the tribunal issued arrest warrants against them.

Dilip Chakma

Dilip Chakma

Dilip Chakma is a lawyer and alumni of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU).
Dilip Chakma
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