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5 Mymensingh razakars get life in prison for 1971 war crimes

They were sentenced for arson, looting, abduction, detention, torture and murder during the Liberation War in 1971

Update : 20 Feb 2023, 02:56 PM

The International Criminal Tribunal on Monday sentenced five accused including Dr Khandkar Golam Sabbir Ahmad of Trishal upazila of Mymensingh to life imprisonment in the case of crimes against humanity in 1971.

The three-member International Criminal Tribunal headed by Chairman Justice Shahinur Islam announced the 177-page verdict.

The other two members of the tribunal are Justice Abu Ahmed Jamadar and Justice KM Hafizul Alam.

Prosecutors Muklesur Rahman Badal, Sultan Mahmud (Simon), Sabina Yesmin Khan, Rezia Sultana (Chaman) and Tapas Kanti Baul appeared for the prosecution in the tribunal.

On the other hand, Advocates Mizanul Islam and Gazi MH Tamim were present on the defendant's side.

On November 23, 2022, after the hearing of the state and the accused in this case, the verdict of the case was kept pending.

Later, on February 16 this year, the tribunal set Monday to announce the verdict in this case of the crime against humanity.

Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud (Simon) said there were eight accused in this case. 

“Six of them were arrested. Three died. They are - Jatiya Party former member of parliament MA Abdul Hannan, his son Md Rafiq Sajjad, 62,  and Mizanur Rahman Mintu, 63. Arrested and in prison are Md Hormuz Ali, 73, Md Abdus Sattar, 61, and Khandaker Ghulam Rabbani, 63,” he said. 

Two other accused were absconding. They are - Dr Khandkar Golam Sabbir Ahmad, 69, and Md Fakhruzzaman, 61.

On 19 May, 2015, Rahima Khatun, the wife of martyred freedom fighter Abdur Rahman of Mymensingh's Trishal filed a case against eight people accusing them of arson, looting, abduction, detention, torture and murder during the Liberation War in 1971. 

In the same complaint, another case was filed against 25 people including Jatiya Party politician and former member of parliament of Mymensingh-7 (Trishal) constituency and former Jatiya Party lawmaker MA Abdul Hannan for looting, rape, torture and arson on charges of crimes against humanity.

According to the case file, on April 21, 1971, during the liberation war, MA Abdul Hannan was the convener of the Mymensingh city branch of the then Peace Committee. 

Under his orders, the Pakistani invasion forces including Razakar commanders Anisur Rahman Manik, Shamsul Haque Bachchu and their henchmen committed mass murders, looted property worth crores, raped, tortured and set fire to Kalir Bazar and Kanihari areas of Trishal, the case file mentioned. 

On October 10, 2015, Hannan was arrested from his house in Gulshan after the tribunal issued a warrant against the accused.

On the same day, his son Rafiq Sajjad was arrested from an office in that area.

On July 11, 2016, the International Criminal Tribunal's investigative agency submitted a full investigation report against the accused to the prosecution branch of the tribunal. 

Six charges of arson, looting, abduction, detention, torture, murder and disappearance of dead bodies were brought against the accused.

On November 4, 2018, the tribunal framed charges against eight people, including Jatiya Party MP MA Abdul Hannan and his son. 

Among them, 13 people including the investigation officer of the case testified.

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