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Crimes against humanity: Fugitive death row convict held in Dhaka

He was found guilty of murder, looting, arson, torture and kidnapping during the 1971 Liberation War

Update : 03 Jul 2022, 03:59 PM

A fugitive convict, who was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, has been detained from Dhaka’s Kalabagan area, said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Sunday.

The death row convict is AK Aminul Haque alias Rajab Ali, 69, of Kishoreganj.

According to a media release from RAB Headquarters, a team of RAB’s intelligence force and RAB-2 detained Rajab Ali after conducting a drive in Dhaka’s Kalabagan area on Saturday night.

On November 5 in 2018, the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Rajab Ali to death for his involvement in the crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

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He was found guilty of murder, looting, arson, torture and kidnapping in Kishoreganj, Bhairab, Brahmanbaria and Habiganj in 1971.

He also formed “Al -Badr” forces in the area to assist the Pakistani army in Bhairab and served as the commander of the Kishoreganj district.

On December 18, 1971, Rajab Ali surrendered to the Joint Forces.

In 1972, five cases were filed against him at Ashtagram police station. He was sentenced to 40 years in jail in these cases. But he was released from Dhaka Central Jail in 1982 as he got presidential clemency after serving jail term of only 10 years.

Later, he fled to a country in the Middle East and then went to Pakistan several times. In 1997, Rajab came to Dhaka again.

On December 27, 2015, the investigating agency submitted the charge sheet against Rajab Ali to the International Crimes Tribunal and since then he remained a fugitive.

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