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Tribunal reading out Mahidur-Afsar verdict

Update : 20 May 2015, 05:30 AM

A war crimes tribunal is reading out the verdict in the war crimes case filed against former Muslim League leaders Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chhutu for crimes against humanity committed in 1971 Liberation War.

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 started reading out the verdict around 11:25am on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the tribunal set the date to deliver the verdict.

A tight security has been taken in and around the tribunal. Law enforcers have been kept alert to tackle any kind of untoward incident over the verdict.

The prosecution submitted three charges against the duo that include killing of 24 people, plundering and torching of 70-80 houses, and killing of four people after abduction during the war. The tribunal framed the charges on December 11 last year.

The duo were arrested on September 16 last year in a criminal case, and later shown arrested in the war crimes case. Mahidur hails from Dadanchak village while Afsar from Satrashia in Shibganj, Chapainawabganj.

Mahidur and Afsar, aided by hundreds of armed razakars and members of the Pakistani Army, had attacked Chandshikari, Chamatol, Kabirajtola and Eradot Biswasertola villages, and abducted 39 people in two phases on October 6, 1971. They were later tortured in confinement and 24 of them shot dead.

According to the second charge, the duo, accompanied by razakars, launched a systematic attack at Kabirajtola and Eradot Biswasertola and burnt down houses after looting on October 13.

The other charge says the duo together with 30-35 armed razakars attacked the houses of Kalumuddin Mondol, Abdur Rashid, Gajal and Ilias Mondol of Sherpur Bhandar village, detained and tortured them on November 2.  

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