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War crimes accused Qaisar's verdict Tuesday
Observer Online Report
Published : Monday, 22 December, 2014,  Time : 11:31 AM,  View Count : 47
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 will deliver its verdict on former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar on Tuesday for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation war of 1971.

Three-member tribunal headed by Justice Obaidul Hasan fixed the date.

The former state minister for agriculture from Jatiya Party, is facing 16 charges, including genocide, torture, murder and rape.

The 73-year-old Qaisar was indicted on February 2. He was arrested in the capital on May 21, 2013.

BSS adds, "Qaiser played the role of a Dragon in the crimes that took place in the vast areas of Habiganj, Madhobpur and Brahmanbaria in 1971. We are pleading maximum punishment, which is death for his heinous crimes," said prosecutor Rana Dasgupta on August 20.

The senior prosecutor also had pleaded for human consideration to their demand of paying compensation to three of the victims of Qaiser's dreadful crimes.

Earlier prosecutor Dr Tureen Afroz submitted the rebuttal saying the prosecution has successfully carried out its statutory duty and proved the case against Qaiser, beyond reasonable doubt. She had rebutted the defence case on three issues, defence theory of the case, evaluation of evidence and the reality about Qaiser Bahini.

"As per the evidence, Qaiser Bahini was a close associate of the Pakistani army during the war and as such it satisfies the definition of auxiliary force under section 2 of the ICT act of 1973. Qaiser Bahini had operational, administrative, static and other various types of relationship with Pakistan army," Tureen had said.

"As an auxiliary force of the Pakistan army, Qaiser Bahini operated as a local militia or voluntary corps. It had the ability to plan and carry out military operations for a prolonged period of time and was surely under the responsible command of Syed Md Qaiser," she added.

Terming Qaiser as the gang leader of Qaiser Bahini, the prosecutor said Qaiser must be found guilty for the atrocities committed by him personally and as well as by the Qaiser Bahini he commanded.


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