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War crimes evidence found against 9 Jamaat men

  • Published at 01:48 pm March 25th, 2019
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The old High Court building that now houses the International war crimes tribunal Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The investigation report has been submitted to the ICT prosecution team

The investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has prepared a report with evidence against nine alleged war criminals of Gaibandha, all of whom were in Jamaat-e-Islami during the 1971 Liberation War.

The agency’s Chief Coordinator Abdul Hannan Khan and Co-Coordinator Sanaul Hoque disclosed the information at a press briefing held at their office in Dhaka's Dhanmondi on Monday.

All of the accused are from Gaibandha’s Gobindaganj upazila, and have been charged with: murder, mass killing, confinement, abduction, torture, and rape.

Six of them — Md Mofazzal Hoque Prodhan, 82; Md Abdul Karim, 63; Md Sekender Ali, 66; Md Esmael Hossain, 70; Md Akram Prodhan, 68; and Md Hafizar Rahman, 68 — are currently behind bars.

Three others — Mohammed Shorf Uddin Khan, 68; Md Samsul Islam Khan, 68; and Md Abdul Mannan, 64 — are still on the run.

According to the investigating agency’ report, all of the accused were members of the pro-Pakistan razakar militia force in 1971.

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Investigation Officer Mohammed Aminur Rashid looked into the charges against the accused since January 30, 2018.

Evidence, records, and documents have been attached to the three-volume investigation report of 181 pages, which was submitted to the ICT prosecution team later on Monday.

Talking about the challenges they faced in the past nine years, Sanaul Hoque said that one of the major hindrances was that a major political party had tried very hard both here and international arena to stop the war crimes trials.

Regarding the case proceedings, he said that civil case trials could run for a long time. “But war crimes trials have some limitations. For example, how do we proceed if the witness dies during the trial?”

“It’s been three years since the Appellate Division held hearings of any of the war crimes cases. We cannot ask for the reason from the Supreme Court. On the other hand, one ICT alone cannot do all the works to meet our expectations,” Sanaul added.

After the press briefing, the ICT investigation team also celebrated the ninth anniversary of its formation.

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