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5 sentenced to death over war crimes in Netrokona

  • Published at 12:06 pm March 28th, 2019

The convicts are: Abdul Mazid, 66; Abdul Khalek, 67; Kabir Khan, 70; Abdus Salam, 68; and Nur Uddin, 70.

The International Crimes Tribunal has sentenced five men to death on charges of torture, abduction, murder and rape during the Liberation War of 1971 at Purbodhala in Netrokona.

A three-member tribunal, led by Justice Shahinur Islam, announced the verdict on Thursday.

The convicted are Abdul Majid, 66, Abdul Khalek Talukder, 67, Kabir Khan, 70, Abdus Salam, 68, and Nuruddin, 70.

The judges began delivering the 240-page verdict against the absconders at around 10:40am on Thursday.

The convicts will have the opportunity to file appeal within a month if they surrender.

Chief Prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu, assigned prosecute Moklesur  Rahman Badol, Sabina Yasmin Khan Munni and state provided defence lawyer Gazi MH Tamim were present at the court among others.

On January 28, the tribunal kept the verdict waiting, after the counsels of both sides wrapped up their closing arguments.

During the arguments, the prosecution demanded capital punishment for the war crimes the five were accused of while the defence sought the acquittal of their clients from all charges.

On April 19, 2017, the tribunal framed charges against seven men for their alleged involvement in killing eight people after abduction, torching eight houses, looting valuables of three houses and violating a woman during the 1971 war.

On May 22, 2016, a formal charge sheet was framed against the six alleged war criminals.

Of them, Abdur Rahman died at a hospital after arrest in the case, before the charge sheet was filed, and Ahammed Ali died in prison before he was indicted.

Abdul Quadir, a freedom fighter of Purbadhala upazila and brother of one of the victims, filed the case in 2013.