The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Tuesday awarded death penalty to four people and jail unto death to another for committing crimes against humanity during Liberation War in Karimganj upazila of Kishoreganj district, reports UNB.
ICT found all the seven counts of charges, including mass killing, murder, confinement, torture, arson and looting, pressed against them proved.
Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Shimon expressed his satisfaction with the verdict.
Abdus Shukkur Khan, counselor for the death convicts, said that his clients were denied justice and they will file petition against the judgment.
Earlier on Monday, the ICT led by its Chairman Justice M Anwarul Haque fixed today for delivering the judgment against the five.
Advocate Shamsuddin Ahmed, his brother Captain (retd) Nasiruddin Ahmed, Razakar commander Gazi Abdul Mannan, Hafiz Uddin got death penalty while Azharul Islam was given jail unto death.
Of them, all but Shamsuddin Ahmed have been on the run.
On April 11, the three-member tribunal kept the case on CAV (curia advisory vault) for delivery of its judgment any day after closing the law-point arguments from both sides.
The five accused face seven counts of charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, mass killing, torture, abduction and arson, during the country’s Liberation War.
Public Prosecutors Zaed Al Malum, Sultan Mahmud Shimon and Rezia Sultana Chaman placed the closing arguments before the tribunal while Advocate Shamsuddin, Masud Rana and Abdus Shukkur submitted their arguments on behalf of the accused.
The prosecution sought highest punishment for the accused while the defence lawyers said the prosecution failed to probe allegations brought against the accused.
This will be 23rd verdict in war crimes case in the country.
On May 13, 2015 , the tribunal took cognisance of the charges against the five accused. The accused reportedly committed crimes against humanity in Bidyanagar, Ayla, Fatergup beel and Piratan beel in Karimganj upazila of Kishoreganj district during the 1971 Liberation War.
Ataur Rahman, investigation officer of the case, submitted a report against the five accused on October 12, 2015.