ICT sets date to announce verdict against 6 accused committing war crimes during 1971

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Published: 7/26/2022 7:29:42 AM

The International Crimes Tribunal has set Thursday to announce the verdict against six accused from Khulna for committing war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.

The accused in the case are Amjad Hossain Howladar, Sahar Ali Sardar, Atiyar Rahman, Motachim Billah, Kamal Uddin Goldar, and Nazrul Islam. 

Among the accused, Nazrul Islam is absconding.

A three-member International Crimes Tribunal headed by Chairman Justice Shahinur Islam made the decision on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Sabina Yasmin Khan Munni said that initially there were eight accused in this case but one of them died.

“Hence we submitted a report against seven people,” she added.

The investigation of the case started on November 15, 2015. 

On August 8, 2017, a seven-volume 1,027-page report was submitted to the tribunal against the accused.

The report says on August 10, 1971, at least five Razakars including Amjad Hossain Howladar tortured, kidnapped, and murdered Shanti Lata Mandal of a village in Batiaghata upazila. 

On August 15, the accused captured, tortured, and fatally shot unarmed Haridas Majumdar after attacking a house in Purbahalia village of the same upazila.

On October 21, they set fire to at least six houses in Sukhdara village in an attempt to wipe out the Hindu community. 

Four unarmed Hindu men were killed and their houses were looted.

Later on November 29, the accused attacked Baroaria village of the upazila and killed freedom fighters Jyotish Mandal and Abdul Aziz.

Amjad Hossain Howladar is accused of all four offenses mentioned in the investigation report.

He was a supporter of the Convention Muslim League during the Liberation War.

Dhaka Tribune

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