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War crimes convict Abdus Subhan dies

Subhan was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War

Update : 14 Feb 2020, 04:53 PM

War crimes convict Abdus Subhan has died of old age complications at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

An octogenarian Subhan, also a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, died at 1:33pm on Friday while undergoing treatment at the hospital, DMCH police outpost in-charge Inspector Bachchu Mia confirmed.

The former lawmaker from Pabna was admitted to the hospital from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj on January 24, he said.

The body has been kept at the morgue for autopsy, Bachchu Mia added.

On February 18, 2015, the now defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) 2 sentenced Subhan to death for crimes against humanity he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, found him guilty on six charges out of nine.

The charges included genocide and murder of unarmed people, mainly Hindus, along with looting and setting houses on fire in Pabna during the war of independence. 

The charges were based on separate incidents that had taken place between April 13 and October 30, in which about 450 unarmed people were killed.

Subhan was handed down death penalty on three charges, while he was sentenced to imprisonment till death for two charges, and five years in prison for another. 

However, the tribunal said the imprisonment would naturally be merged into the death sentence. 

The Jamaat policymaker was acquitted in three other charges.

On March 18, 2015, Subhan filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging his death sentence. 

Subhan was accused in 1972 by a special tribunal for collaborating with the Pakistani occupation forces and summoned. But he had already fled to Pakistan with former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam, according to the prosecution.

The son of Sheikh Naimuddin and Nurani Begum of Tailakundi village of Sujanagar upazila in Pabna, Subhan in 1971 was the founding ameer of Pabna unit of Jamaat and a Majlish-e-Sura member of the erstwhile United Pakistan Jamaat.

As the war began, Subhan was made general secretary of the Pabna unit Peace Committee and later promoted to vice chairman of the associated body of the Pakistani Army.

He was elected unopposed a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan in late 1971. He resumed his political career after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.

In 2001, Subhan became a member of parliament from the Pabna 5 constituency, when the BNP-Jamaat-led four-party alliance came to power.

Law enforcers arrested Subhan on September 20, 2012. The ICT 1 indicted him on December 31, 2013. The case was later shifted to ICT 2 for quick disposal.

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