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Verdict in Noni-Taher war crimes case today

Update : 01 Feb 2016, 07:30 PM

The International Crimes Tribunal is scheduled to deliver its verdict in a war crimes case filed against alleged razakars Obaidul Haq Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni of Netrokona today.

A three-member Tribunal 1 headed by Justice Anwarul Haque fixed the date yesterday.

On January 10 this year, trials were concluded and the verdict was kept waiting. The state sought capital punishment for them while the defence sought acquittal from the war crimes charges.

Tribunal Registrar Shahidul Alam Jhinuk told reporters that the tribunal has directed jail authorities to produce the two accused at the tribunal at 10am for their verdicts to be pronounced.

The prosecution’s probe body began investigations against Taher and Noni on June 6, 2013, and submitted their findings on November 5, 2014. The two men were arrested on August 12, 2014.

Six charges were framed against them on March 2 last year by the tribunal for their alleged involvement in committing crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

According to the prosecution, the two men were involved in the abduction and killing of at least 15 persons including Awami League leader Fazlur Rahman Talukder at Barhatta, and looting and setting fire to 400-450 houses during the war in 1971.

Taher and Noni joined the local Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army, and were notorious for the atrocities committed in various parts of Netrokona including the Sadar upazila and Barhatta, mainly against the local Hindus. Taher was the commander of the local razakar unit. 

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