ICT allows five DWs for SQ Chy

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Thursday allowed five defence witnesses to testify for BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in relation to his alleged involvement in the crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The three-member tribunal, headed by its chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, also set June 17 to start hearing

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Defence prepares list of 1,000 witnesses for SQ Chy

Defence wants to record the testimony of 1,000-odd witnesses in support of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. It has already submitted a list of 1,153 witnesses to testify before the International Crimes Tribunal-1, though it is the tribunal which will fix the number of defence witnesses from whom it will take depositions. A large number of dignitaries, including two

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Defence counsel continues cross-examination of IO

Defence counsel cross-examined the investigation officer (IO) against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for the second consecutive day at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Tuesday.
But the questioning remained unfinished when the tribunal adjourned the proceedings for the day. Advocate Ahsanul Huq Hena asked questions to investigator Nurul Islam

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Defence ends arguments against Mojahid

Defence completed its arguments against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid at the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on Tuesday. Barrister Abdur Razzaq and Barrister Iman Siddique argued for Mojahid on law points, pleading that the allegations against the Jamaat leader will not stand. Later, prosecutor Barrister Tureen Afroz started

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Khokon to be tried in absentia

If Zahid Hossain Khokon, alias Khokon Razakar, remains in hiding and does not appear before the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to face trial, he will be tried and prosecuted in absentia. As per the provision of the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act, 1973, the tribunal will follow the same procedure as that adopted in the case of Bachchu Razakar, prosecutor

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Testimonies of four witnesses accepted by ICT-2

International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Wednesday accepted the statements of four prosecution witnesses given to the investigation officer (IO) as their depositions against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. The three-member tribunal, headed by its chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, also denied accepting the statements of four other witnesses as

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War crimes trial verdict execution in July-August, says Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu on Wedneday said that the verdicts of war crimes trial would be executed in July-August, if the apex court upheld the tribunal verdicts in the cases.
The minister made the remark addressing a discussion meeting held at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) Party office in the city. JSD organised the meeting over

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ICT to try Mueen, Ashraf in abstentia

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), Bangladesh on Monday decided to hold the trial of war crimes suspects Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan alias Nayeb Ali who are currently staying abroad, in absentia for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The three-member second tribunal led by its

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Khokon Razakar may have fled country

Though investigations against Khokon Razakar, a notorious killer of 1971, are in the final stages, rumours are rife that he has fled the country to evade trial for crimes against humanity. According to sources, Khokon fled the country soon after investigations began last year. “We’re also speculating that he is not in the country. Most probably, he is now in Europe,”

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Defence places arguments in Mujahid case

Defence on Wednesday started placing its arguments before the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) in favour of war crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid. During the first day’s arguments in favour of the detained Jamaat leader Mujahid, the defence claimed that the Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general was not involved

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Kaiser’s bail plea rejected

The Inter-national Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of Jatiya Party leader Syed Mohammad Kaiser to expedite the investigation into his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity. The tribunal, chaired by Justice Obaidul Hassan, also directed the prosecution to submit a progress report on the investigation on June 17.

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Nizami behind Dhulauri massacre, says PW-8

A prosecution eyewitness against war crimes accused Matiur Rahman Nizami, ameer of Jamaat–e-Islami, on Tuesday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he had no idea whether any case was filed in connection with the Dhulauri massacre after Bangladesh’s independence.  PW-8 Khalilur Rahman, also a freedom fighter, said this while facing cross-examinations

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Mir Kashem Ali formally charged

Prosecution on Thursday submitted formal charge against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali at the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) about his alleged involvement in the crimes against humanity.
The tribunal-1, headed by its Chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, set May 26 to hear the cognizance matters against the Jamaat leader.

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Hearing against Mobarak starts May 20

Prosecution placed opening statement against former Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain regarding his involvement in crimes against humanity during the liberation war at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Thursday. The three-member tribunal, chaired by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, set May 20 to start hearing depositions from the witnesses. On behalf of prosecution,

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Arguments against Mojahid start on May 7

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on Saturday set May 7 to start arguments in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid. The three-member tribunal, headed by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan, took the decision after hearing the deposition of Ali Ahmed Abrur, the only defence witness, also the son of accused Mojahid. Mojahid is facing 34 charges

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Tigers join Shahbagh protest

The members of the Bangladesh national cricket team took their time off on Sunday to join the popular youth protest at the Shahbagh Square demanding death sentence for the war criminals of 1971.
Senior cricketers Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafee bin Murtaza, Mohammad Ashraful and Abdur Razzak accompanied by top officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board arrived at the protest site in

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Al-Badr was a half-secret organisation: Shahriyar

Writer and journalist Shahriyar Kabir, the first prosecution witness against Jamaat’s detained secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, on Thursday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Al-Badr was a half-secret organization during the War of Independence in 1971.
‘No name of any Al-Badr bigwig was published in 1971 as it was a half-secret bahini,’ said

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