The verdict on five people accused of committing war crimes in Netrokona in 1971 is expected to be announced any day.
The three-member bench of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam issued the order after hearing arguments and depositions from both sides on Monday, reports bdnews24.com.Public Prosecutor Mukhlesur Rahman Badal, accompanied by lawyer Sabina Yasmin Munni, represented the state during the petition in the court while Gazi MH Tamim represented the defendants.
“The prosecution’s probe body had submitted their findings against seven suspects. One of the accused, named Ahammad Ali, 78, has died in prison. Another suspect, Abdur Rahman, 70, died after the trial had begun in court,” PP Badal told bdnews24.com. “The court has completed trials against five suspects. It will issue the verdict any day now.” The five suspects are - Sheikh Md Abdul Majid alias Majid Moulana, 66, Md Abdul Khalek Talukder, 67, Md Kabir Khan, 70, Abdul Salam Beg, 68, and Nuruddin, 70. All of them are at large.
“We believe we successfully proved the seven charges against them based on evidence. We have urged the court to give them highest punishment,” Badal said.
Among the accused, Majid Moulana joined the ‘Razakar’ forces as a leader of Nejame Islami during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Later he became the member of Jamaat-e-Islami, according to the investigation.
Muslim League member Khalek Talukder joined the Razakar forces in 1971 and later became an activist of BNP, Jatiya Party and Jamaat. He was also a member of Purbadhala Upazila wing of ruling Awami League.