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Razakar Musa to die for war crimes

  • Published at 12:19 pm August 27th, 2019
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He was found guilty in four charges

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has sentenced Jamat-e-Islami member Md Abdus Samad Musa to death for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

A three-member panel of the ICT, headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, gave the verdict on Tuesday noon.

He was found guilty in four out of the five charges brought against him. 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 Monday, the ICT fixed Tuesday to announce the verdict against Musa.

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 Musa's innocence.

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 the five charges.

On January 14, 2018, the tribunal published the probe report regarding 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.