ICT ready to give verdict against 4 for war crimes

ICT ready to give verdict against 4 for war crimes

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Dhaka, 05 Feb – The International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) will deliver verdict any day in a case filed against four persons including Amir Ahmad from Sudarampur of Noakhali on the charges of their involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam on Tuesday kept the verdict waiting for delivery after the prosecution and the defence lawyers completed their arguments yesterday.
Earlier, Prosecutors Zahid Imam and Sabina Yasmin Munni sought capital punishment for the four accused claiming that they have proved all the three charges brought against the accused.
But, the defence counsels- Tariqul Islam, Gazi MH Tamim and Masud Rana sought acquittal of their clients saying that prosecution failed to prove the charges brought against them.
Accused Amir Ahmad, 70, Md Joynal Abedin, 73, Abul Kalam alias AKM Mansur, 67, and Md Abdul Kuddus, 84, are of Sudharam upazila in the district. Of them, Abul Kalam is on the run while the rest are in the jail.
On June 20, 2016, the tribunal framed three charges against the accused, who were allegedly involved with Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of Pakistani occupation army, and the killing of at least 111 people in three incidents.
The prosecution on October 5, 2015, submitted the charge sheet of the case against five persons, including the four. As accused Mohammad Yusuf later died of old age complications, he was not indicted.
According to the first charge, the four were involved in the killing of at least 100 people of Sreepur and Sonapur villages on June 15.
Amir, Abul Kalam and Joynal were involved in the abduction and killing of two persons of Pashim Karimpur and Debipur village on September 13, according to the second charge.
The third charge says Amir and Abul Kalam were involved in the abduction, torture and killing of at least nine persons of Ramharitaluk, Debipur and Uttar Chakla villages on the same day.
The Prosecution produced 15 witnesses including the investigation officer of the case and some documents to prove the case. Defence counsels declined to produce any witness in the court. – Senior Correspondent

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