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One to die, 3 get life for wartime crimes

Published : 30 Jun 2022 10:22 PM

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has awarded death penalty to a man and imprisonment until death to three other people for committing crimes against humanity during the Bangladesh War of Liberation in 1971 in Lakhai upazila of Habiganj.

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the verdict on Thursday (June 30).  

The tribunal, however, acquitted another accused in the case as the prosecution could not prove his guilt.

Prosecutor Rezia Sultana Chaman confirmed the matter to the media. Senior Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon argued for the state, while Gazi MH Tamim and Abdus Sattar Palowan defended the accused in the court.

The death-row convict is Mawlana Mohammad Shafi, 80, while the lifers are Tajul Islam, Md Jahed Miah and Salek Miah. The acquitted accused is Sabbir Ahmed. All are the residents of Lakhai upazila in Habiganj

Shafi and Sabbir are on the run while the three others are in the jail now, said Rezia Sultana. 

All of them were charged with abduction, torture and killing during the Liberation War in 1971 at different places in Lakhai upazila.

On March 21 in 2018, the tribunal’s investigation agency completed its investigation into the case. The investigation report was later submitted to the prosecution and presented to the tribunal.

The tribunal on February 7 in 2019 had framed charges against the accused.