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War Crimes Trial
Subhan gets death penalty
Observer Online Report
Published : Wednesday, 18 February, 2015,  Time : 11:54 AM,  View Count : 73
The International Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on Wednesday awarded Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan death sentence for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

Three-member tribunal, led by chairman Obaidul Hasan, pronounced the verdict. The other two tribunal members are--Justice Md Mujibur Rahman Mia and Justice Shahinur Islam.

The 79-year-old Jamaat leader was found guilty in six charges out of nine. The tribunal sentenced him to death on three charges and also sentenced to imprisonment until death on two charges and five years' imprisonment on one charge.

Earlier in the morning, the Jamaat leader has been brought to the tribunal around 8:50am with high security.

Later, the tribunal started reading out the summary of 165-page verdict around 11:15am.

He was the General Secretary and subsequently the Vice-President of 'Peace Committee' in Pabna during the 1971 war.

On September 20, 2013, Subhan was arrested from Tangail in a case of looting.

On December 4 last year, the three-member tribunal kept the verdict pending after closing the summing-up arguments on factual and law points from both sides over the case.

The tribunal on December 31, 2013, framed charges against Maulana Sobhan on nine counts of crimes against humanity, including genocide, during the Liberation War under sections 3(2) and 4(1) (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

According to the prosecution, it received allegations like genocide, arson and looting perpetrated by Sobhan, the then leader of Pabna Peace Committee (collaborator) and Pabna district Jamaat ameer, in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces, including Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams, during the war.


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