Crimes against humanity
Ghoramara Aziz and 5 others get death penalty
A Dhaka court on Wednesday convicted six people, including former Gaibandha lawmaker Abu Saleh Muhammad Abdul Aziz Miah alias Ghoramara Aziz, and sentenced them to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
A three-member ICT bench, led by Judge Md Shahinur Islam, handed down the verdict.
The six condemned convicts are Jamaat leader and former lawmaker Abdul Aziz, Md Ruhul Amin alias Monju, Md Abdul Latif, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, Md Nazmul Huda, and Md Abdur Rahim Miah.
UNB adds: They were awarded death sentences for two charges – two and three – out of three charges while imprisonment unto death for another charge – number one.
The 166-page judgment was read out by the tribunal judges in phases for 69 minutes starting from 10:36 am.
“All three charges brought against them were proved,” said prosecutor of the case Syed Saidul Haque Sumon.
In the morning, police produced the lone defendant before the tribunal amid tight security.
Earlier on October 23, the tribunal concluded the hearing of arguments from both sides and kept the verdict pending for any day.
Earlier on May 9, the ICT kept the verdict pending for any day after hearing arguments from both sides.
Later on October 12, the reconstructed ICT set October 22 for placing further arguments in crimes against humanity case against the six alleged Razakars.
The ICT-1 on June 28, 2016, started trial of the case after indicted the accused, framing three charges of crimes against humanity against them.
The accused six were facing three charges, including those for mass killing, abduction, looting and arson attack, during the 1971 Liberation War.
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