War Crimes

Verdict on 9 accused tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

10 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver its judgment tomorrow in a case filed against nine accused, including Khalilur Rahman of Mymensingh, over crimes against humanity during the country’s liberation war.

A three-member International Crimes Tribunal led by its chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam set Thursday to deliver the verdict in the case.

The tribunal kept the case Curia Advisari Vult (CAV), a Latin legal term meaning verdict could be delivered anytime, after concluding hearing the closing arguments placed by both the prosecution and

defence lawyers on January 26 last year.

But the tribunal could not deliver any verdict in any case filed over crimes against humanity due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

On March 4, 2018, the tribunal framed charges against 11 people on charges of murder of four people, detention of nine people, robbery, arson, kidnapping, torture and extortion in Mymensingh in 1971.

As two of the accused -- Mohammad Abdul Malek Akand alias Abul Member and Nurul Amin Shahjahan -- died during the trial, the number of accused is now nine in the case.

Of the accused, Mohammad Khalilur Rahman Mir, Mohammad Samsuzzaman alias Abul Kalam, Mohammad Abdullah, Mohammad Rois Uddin Azadi alias Akkel Ali and Abdul Latif of Sadhua village are now in jail in connection with the case.

The remaining four accused -- AFM Faizullah, Md Abdur Razzak Mandal, Sirajul Islam and Mohammad Alim Uddin Khan -- are still on the run.

A total of 18 prosecution witnesses testified before the tribunal in the case.

According to the case, the accused committed such crimes at Sadhua village of Niguari union of Pagla police station and Rouha village of Tangab union of Gafargaon upazila in Mymensingh district.

The investigation against the accused started on October 16, 2014 while the investigators submitted a charge sheet against the 11 persons on February 20, 2017.

Sultan Mahmud Siman, Zahid Imam and Rezia Sultana Chaman represented the prosecution while advocates Abdus Shukur Khan and Abdus Sattar Palowan stood for the accused in the case.