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Ex-JaPa MP Jabbar faces arrest warrant

Update : 12 May 2014, 08:06 PM

The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday issued arrest warrant against former Jatiya Party lawmaker engineer Mohammad Abdul Jabbar for his alleged war crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War in Pirojpur.

Led by Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim, the tribunal passed the order after accepting the five formal charges placed by the prosecution on Sunday and set June 2 for further order.

Jabbar played a key role to form razakar at Mothbaria of Pirojpur and led the collaborators’ group to commit crimes in the area, the prosecution said. He faces charges of crimes against humanity including killing, mass killing, looting and forced conversion.

According to the investigation agency, the suspect has been absconding since 2009.

Before issuing the warrant, the tribunal expressed dissatisfaction over the authorities concerned for their continuous failure in bringing the accused before justice. “We are issuing warrants, but do not see any visible development to arrest them. Even no initiative has been taken to bring the absconding accused to justice too,” it said.

Prosecutor Jahid Imam took part in the hearing and pleaded for issuing the warrant.

According to the charges, Jabbar had been involved in the killing of 36 people in Angulkata and Mothbaria, and setting fire and looting of around 560 houses. He also forcefully converted around 200 people in Phuljhuri on a day of end-May in 1971. He was elected lawmaker from Mothbaria in 1986 and 1988.

Meanwhile, the same tribunal yesterday adjourned the hearing on a contempt charge against Human Rights Watch until May 25.

The tribunal 2 has set tomorrow for cross examination of a prosecution witness in the case against war crimes accused Maulana Abdus Subhan. Last week, the prosecution placed two witnesses and the tribunal adjourned the grilling session keeping it incomplete. The defence yesterday questioned one witness.

Meanwhile, the tribunal 2 yesterday recorded testimony of the 12th prosecution witness in the case against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Syed Mohammad Qaisar who gave his deposition on Sunday. 

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