War crimes convict Subhan dies at DMCH

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:10, Feb 14,2020 | Updated: 00:56, Feb 15,2020


Abdus Subhan

Convicted war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan, 84, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Friday afternoon.

Subhan of Tailakundi in Sujanagar of Pabna, who was undergoing treatment at ward 701 of the hospital, died at about 1:30pm, DMCH police outpost in-charge inspector Bachchu Mia said.

He was admitted to the hospital on January 24 with old age complications, said Mahbubul Islam, jailer at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. He was a former Jamaat lawmaker and nayeb-e-amir of the party. He founded Jamaat in Pabna. He was born on February 19, 1936.

On February 18, 2015, International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced the Jamaat leader to death for committing crimes against humanity, including mass killing, murder, confinement and torture of pro-liberation people during the war of independence in 1971.

On March 18, 2015, Subhan filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging his death penalty.

He contested the 1970 general elections but lost to Awami League candidate Amjad Hossain. Subhan was the general secretary and subsequently the vice-president of the Peace Committee in Pabna during the war.

Towards the end of the liberation war, he fled to Pakistan, according to the prosecution.

Subhan later returned to Bangladesh after 1975 change in the political scenario and become a member of parliament.

He was arrested at the toll plaza of the Bangabandhu Bridge on September 20, 2012 and was later shown arrested in the war crimes case and sent to jail.

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