ICT awards Hasan Ali death in absentia for War crimes

ICT awards Hasan Ali death in absentia for War crimes

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In trial, in absentia the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Tuesday awarded death penalty to absconding Syed Md Hassan Ali alias Hachhen for committing genocide and murders during the War of Liberation in 1971.
The ICT-1 ordered to execute the death sentence either by hanging him by neck or by shooting till he is death as decided by the government, which is a unique order delivered by the tribunal in this verdict.The tribunal found him guilty in five out of the six charges brought against him over genocide and crimes against humanity proved beyond doubt. He was given death in two while he was awarded imprisonment till death in three charges and acquitted from rest of the charge.
The court gave him death for mass murder in Shemulhati village in Kishoreganj, killing of 11 hindus, and the genocide of Balongka street.
He was given jail until death for killing one Tofazzal Hossain, murdering two hindus of Araiura and Chikni villages in the district and acquitted in the charge of plundering and torching houses.
The three-member bench of the ICT-1, led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, started reading out the summary of 125-page war crimes verdict around 11:20am.
Two other judges of the tribunal were Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Anwarul Haque.
In its verdict the ICT-1 said, “Accused Syed Hasan Ali, son of late Syed Muslehuddin and late Syeda Fatima Banu of village Machhihata [Peer Bari], Police Station and District Brahmanbaria is found guilty of the offences of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against Humanity’ enumerated in section 3(2)(a)(c)(g) and (h) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act,1973 as listed in charge nos.03 and 04, and he be convicted accordingly and sentenced there under to death for each of the said two charges and the said sentences of death be executed by hanging the accused by the neck till he is dead or by shooting him till he is dead, as decided by the government, under section 20(2) of the said Act.”
The verdict also said, “The accused Syed Hasan Ali is also found guilty of the offences of ‘crimes against humanity as listed in charge nos.02, 05 and 06, and he be convicted accordingly and sentenced there under to suffer imprisonment for life till his natural death, for each of the said three charges under section 20(2) of the said Act.”
However, the above three sentences of imprisonment for life till natural death shall run concurrently, according to the verdict copy.
The tribunal also ordered police to arrest him or take necessary help of the Interpol, the global police network, for capturing Razakar Ali.
The prosecution expressed their satisfaction over the verdict against Hassan Ali for his crimes against humanity.
Prosecutor Shahidur Rahman told The Independent, “We are happy with the verdict and will decide whether to file an appeal or not after receiving a copy of the verdict.”
State appointed counsel advocate Abdus Shukur Khan, who represented the accused before the court, said that he is not happy with the verdict
On April 20 this year, the tribunal had declared the case CAV (Curia Advisari Vult), a Latin legal term meaning verdict could be delivered anytime, after the closing arguments of the prosecution and defence lawyers.
On November 11 last year, the tribunal had indicted Hasan, alias Hasan Ali, in connection with six war crimes charges brought against him by the prosecution team for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
On September 15, 2014, the ICT-1 through an order had initiated trial against the fugitive in absentia and appointed advocate Abdus Shukur Khan to represent the accused before the court. Altogether 26 witnesses, including investigating officer Hari Debnath, testified against him before the tribunal. – Staff Reporter

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