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War crimes suspect flouts bail condition

  • Published at 09:45 pm August 4th, 2020
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The recently taken photo shows Jobayer Monir, left, in his hometown of Shalla upazila in Sunamganj Collected

Jobayer was among five war crimes accused who were arrested in Sunamganj in December 2018, following an arrest warrant issued by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)

Jobayer Monir, who is out on conditional bail in a war crimes case, has failed to comply with his bail granted by the International Crimes Tribunal.

When Jobayer was released on a conditional bail, he was ordered to remain in Dhaka during the pendency of his case in the court system.

However, Jobayer left Dhaka on Friday to go to his village home Shalla upazila of Sunamganj to celebrate Eid. He later returned to Dhaka on Monday.

Jobayer’s family being an influential one in the area, the plaintiffs, witnesses and people in favour of the liberation war were terrified by his unlawful visit. 

Meanwhile, concerned officials at the International Crimes Tribunal have informed the Sunamganj Superintendent of Police about the matter. 

The investigating officer of the case has taken initiative to take action after contacting Shalla police station and Derai police station on behalf of the organization.

Nur Hossain, the case investigation officer, said: "We had submitted the charge sheet accusing 11 people including Jobayer of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. I came to know that Jobayer visited his village home, violating his bail condition. Necessary steps will be taken in this regard.”

Jobayer was among five war crimes accused who were arrested in Sunamganj in December 2018, following an arrest warrant issued by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT). 

On December 6 in 1971, two mass killings took place at Ujangaon village in Shalla upazila and Perua village in Derai upazila. Abdul Khaleque, commander of Razakars in the Haor region, carried out the mass killings.

In 2015, freedom fighter Rajani Kanta Das, who also lost his family members in a mass killing, filed a petition with the ICT accusing Khaleque's son Pradip Monir and others.

Following the appeal, the tribunal in 2016 started investigating the war crimes at the villages and after the investigation, it issued an arrest warrant against 11 accused war criminals.