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2 to die for war crimes in 1971

  • Published at 01:03 pm January 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 03:22 pm January 10th, 2018
2 to die for war crimes in 1971
A special tribunal has sentenced two people to death for committing crimes against humanity in Moulvibazar during the Liberation War in 1971. A three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam passed the order on Wednesday. The tribunal also sentenced three other convicts to imprisonment until death. The five convicts are Samsul Hossain Tarafder, Mobarak Mia, Nesar Ali, Yunus Ahmed and Ujer Ahmed Chowdhury. Of the convicts, Nesar and Ujer were given death penalty while Shamsul, Yunus and Mobarak were sentenced to imprisonment until death. Of them, Yunus and Ujer remain behind bars while the rest of them are on the run. Nesar and Ujer were awarded death sentences on charge No 5 out of the total five charges for killing 14 members of a Hindu family at Kholagram in Rajnagar upazila during the war. The judges started reading out the 202-page verdict at 10:30am. The tribunal on November 20, 2017 kept the verdict on CAV (curia advisory vault, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict), meaning the court can pass judgment any day. On June 9, 2016, the tribunal took into cognizance the five charges pressed by the prosecution. Hearing on charge framing was held on November 2 of the same year. The tribunal on December 8, 2016 indicted the five in the crimes against humanity case. According to the prosecution, the accused ran havoc in the locality during the War of Liberation as the leaders of local Razakar Bahini and al-Badr.