The war crimes tribunal will announce the verdict on charges of genocide and other serious war crimes against former Jatiya Party MP Abdul Jabbar in absentia on Tuesday.
Jabbar is absconding since the trial started.Apart from genocide, the charges against him include killing of 36 people, forced conversion of 200 Hindus, looting 557 houses and arson during the 1971 Liberation War.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) -1 led by Justice Enayetur Rahim finished the trial proceedings in absentia on Wednesday. The tribunal had declared Jabbar an absconder earlier and appointed Supreme Court lawyer Abul Hasan as his counsel. On May 11, the prosecution pressed charges against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker.
He is charged with five types of crimes against humanity committed during the war of independence against Pakistan. Investigations into his alleged crimes started on May 19 last year. According to the investigators, the 80-year-old engineer is now in the US.
Charges against Jabbar
* Killing two freedom fighters at Mathbarhia’s Phuljhuri during the Liberation War. Torching and ransacking of over 100 houses at Nathparha and Kuluparha in Pirojpur.
* Killing a man at Phuljhuri, setting fire to 360 houses before looting them.
* Killing 11 people at Pirojpur’s Noli village, looting and setting fire to 60 houses there.
* Forced conversion of 200 Hindus at Phuljhuri.
* Detaining 37 people from Angulkata and Mathbarhia, killing 22 of them and seriously injuring others.