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War crime verdict against Musa Tuesday

  • Published at 11:50 am August 26th, 2019
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File photo of International Crimes Tribunal

A total of 15 prosecution witnesses testified in the case while the defence could not produce any witness

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has fixed Tuesday to announce the verdict against Md Abdus Samad Musa, for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

A three-member panel of the ICT, headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, fixed the date on Monday. 

Earlier on July 8, the ICT kept the judgement on CAV (curia advisari vult), after the conclusion of arguments by the prosecution and defence. 

A total of 15 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while the defence could not produce any witness to vouch for the innocence of the accused.

The tribunal indicted Musa, from Puthia of Rajshahi, on September 9, 2018. 

On April 12, 2018, the investigation agency submitted formal charges against him, bringing five charges. The charges include looting eight to 10 houses, arson attacks on 50 to 60 houses, confinement, murder of 15 people, and torturing 21 people.

On January 14, 2018, the tribunal published the probe report in the case at its Dhanmondi office.

According to the investigation agency, Musa was a supporter of Jamaat-e-Islami, and subsequently joined locally formed Razakar Bahini through his ranks in the Peace Committee.

Earlier on January 4, 2017, he had been shown arrested in the case.