Dhaka – The International Crimes Tribunal-2 has convicted and sentenced to prison unto death Abdul Aleem, for his crimes against humanity, including genocide, arson and loot, during the Liberation War in 1971 and jailed him unto death.Chairman of the three-member tribunal Justice Obaidul Hassan, flanked by its two other members – Justice Mujibur Rahman Miah and Justice Shahinur Islam – delivered the verdict at the packed courtroom amid tight security.
Justice Shahinur Islam started reading out the first part (1-56) of the 191-page verdict and later Justice Mujibur Rahman Miah read out the second part (57-107).
A former Mulsim League leader, Abdul Aleem, now 83, was taken to the courtroom from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in the morning, where he was undergoing treatment in police custody. He worked as a Minister in the government of late President Ziaur Rahman.
Earlier, on September 22, the tribunal kept the verdict pending for any day after closing law-point arguments from both sides in the trial of the 1971 war crimes perpetrated by Abdul Alim, also a former BNP MP of Joypurhat.
Aleem faced 17 charges of crimes against humanity, including genocide, arson and loot, during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in collaboration with the occupation forces. The charges fall under section 3(2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
Of the 17 charges, 15 were framed in connection with Alim’s alleged involvement in the killing of at least 585 people in 15 incidents. The two other charges were in connection with looting, arson, deportation and detention of unarmed civilians.
Of the 15 charges, three were for committing genocide, which claimed the lives of 406 people, mostly Hindus. Alim was also charged with attempt, abetment and conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity during the war.
During the trial, 35 prosecution witnesses, including the IO, gave evidence against the accused while three appeared as defence witnesses. – Agencies