Warrants issued against 8 war crimes suspects

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ICT Indicts Taher & Noni.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Monday issued arrest warrants against eight war crimes suspects of Jamalpur district, reports UNB. The three-member tribunal, headed by its chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan, passed the order upon a petition moved by the prosecution. The wanted war crimes suspects are Ashraf Hossain, Prof Sharif Ahmed alias Sharif Hossain, Abdul Mannan, Abdul Bari, Harun, Abul Hashem, advocate Shamsul Huq and SM Yusuf Ali.

Emerging from the tribunal, designated prosecuted barrister Tapas K Baul told reporters that war crimes-suspects Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Shamsul Huq and Yusuf Ali had played a key role in forming its secret killing squad Al Badr and Peace Committee (collaborator of the junta) in Jamalpur during the Liberation War in 1971. The two Jamaat leaders had perpetrated the crimes like abduction, repression on women and atrocities in Jamalpur during the Liberation War, said the prosecutor, citing the ongoing investigation report. According to the ICTs investigation agency, both Jamaat leaders had allegedly killed 10,000 people, destroyed 75,000 houses and damaged property worth of Tk 12 crore in 1971.

The remaining six war crimes-suspects emerging as Al Badr operators had committed the crimes against humanity establishing torture cells at their makeshift camps at PTI and Asheq Mahmud College Hostel in Jamalpur during the wartime. Another reports adds: Dismissing the defence discharge plea, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday indicted detained Obaidul Huq alias Abu Taher and Ataur Rahman alias Noni of Netrakona district for their alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

Passing the order, the three-member tribunal, headed by its chairman Justice M Enayuetur Rahim, also set April 5 to begin the formal trial with the opening statement by the prosecution followed by the testimony of the prosecution witnesses (PWs). The tribunal framed charges against Taher and Noni, members of infamous Razakar-an auxiliary force of the Pakistan occupation army-on six counts that include killing, genocide, persecution and ransacking. On August 12 last year, police arrested the two war-crimes accused from Netrakona, hours into the tribunal issued a warrant for their arrest following a prosecution petition.

Ali Reza Kanchan, a nephew of martyred freedom fighter Badiuzzaman Mukta, filed a case in 2010 with the judicial magistrate court of Netrakona accusing a dozen anti-liberation forces, including Taher and Noni. After recording initial statement of the complainant, the magistrate forwarded the case to the International Crimes Tribunals. Advocate Mukhlesur Rahman Badal appeared for the prosecution.

News Source:The News Today
Published on: 03-03-2015

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