Verdict of three people in Moulvibazar war crimes soon
Dhaka, April 13: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will announce the verdict of three people, including Abdul Aziz alias Habul of Moulvibazar Baralekha, in the case of crimes against humanity.
A three-member tribunal headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, chairman of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), awaited the verdict on Wednesday (April 12).
The accused in the case are Abdul Aziz, Abdul Mannan and Abdul Matin.
Lawyer Abdus Sattar Paloyan appeared for Abdul Aziz and lawyer M Sarwar Hossain appeared for Abdul Mannan. Prosecutor Mokhlesur Rahman Badal and Prosecutor Sabina Yasmin Munni represented the state. Abdul Matin is a fugitive.
The investigation into the crimes against humanity started on October 16, 2014 and ended on November 14, 2016. The three accused have been charged with five crimes against humanity such as murder, genocide, rape and torture in Baralekha area of Moulvibazar.
On February 29, 2016, the tribunal issued arrest warrants against the three men in Baralekha in a case of crimes against humanity. On March 1, Moulvibazar Baralekha police arrested two persons. The court ordered that Abdul Aziz and Abdul Mannan be produced before the tribunal on March 2 after their arrest.
In 1971, two brothers Abdul Aziz and Abdul Matin were members of Chhatra League. When the war of liberation started, they went to the capital of India for training. But they escaped while training and joined the Razakar forces. Another accused, Abdul Mannan, was a leader of the local Muslim League in 1971.