The three-judge International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Sunday set today for giving the verdict in the Netrokona war crimes case against detained accused Sohrab Fakir alias Sohrab Ali alias Sorab Ali, 88, and absconding accused Hedayet Ullah alias Anju alias Md Hedayetullah alias Anju BSC, 80.
Both the accused are from Kulasree, Atpara in what was Netrokona sub-division in 1971.
‘Judgement tomorrow,’ the tribunal chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam announced at a full court hearing attended by Justice Amir Hossain and Justice Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar.
The accused were indicted on six counts of war crimes on December 13, 2017.
They were tried on the charges of committing war crimes at different villages under the then Atpara and Madan thana in Netrokona.
Since 1970, Hedayetullah was Jamat’s organizing secretary in Netrokona sub-division and was defeated in Pakistan’s National Assembly election in 1970 as Jamaat candidate.
During the Liberation War, he joined the peace committee formed by the occupation army of Pakistan and formed Razakar Bahini in Netrokona, according to the prosecution.
Sohrab was an activist of Jamaat in 1971 and joined the Razakar Bahini during the Liberation War.
They were tried on the charges of plundering, arson attacks, forcibly deporting Hindus, carrying out genocide against Hindus in the village Modhukhali in Atpara in Netrokona on May 29, 1971.
They were tried for murdering two villagers after torturing them in confinement, setting fire to several houses after looting them in the village Mobarakpur Purbapara under Atpara thana on August 23, 1971.
They were tried for murdering Helim Talukder at village Madan Dakhin Para under Madan Police Station on August 30, 1971.
They faced the fourth charge of committing genocide against seven Hindus in the village of Sukhari, Atpara, Netrokona after abduction and torturing them in confinement on September 3, 1971. The Hindu villagers’ houses were torched and they were forced to leave the country.
They faced the fifth charge of torturing Hamid Hossain of village Madan Majpara after abduction on September 2, 1971.
The faced the sixth charge of setting Hindu houses on fire and deporting them from the village Madan Dakhin Para under Madan thana on September 6, 1971.
This would be the 37th verdict in as many war crimes cases in free Bangladesh.
Their trial began on January 8, 2018 and ended on March 7 and 23 prosecution witnesses were examined.
The defence produced no witnesses.
Until now, 85 war criminals were convicted, 59 to death and 26 others were jailed.
Six death sentences have been executed.
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