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Verdict on 3 'war criminals' of Bagerhat any day
Staff Correspondent
Published : Wednesday, 24 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 10
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Tuesday concluded hearing of arguments in a case against three alleged war criminals of Bagerhat and kept the case waiting for delivery of verdict any day.
The accused are Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 73, Khan Akram Hossain, 62, and Abdul Latif Talukder, 69.  They are facing seven charges of crimes against humanity including mass killing, torture and arson attack committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
 The three-member tribunal led by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim kept the case in CAV (Curia Advisari Vult, a Latin legal term meaning verdict could be delivered anytime) after concluding hearing the closing arguments placed by both the prosecution and defence lawyers.
Among the seven charges, four have been brought against Sirajul alone for the killing of more than 600 people, two against all of them for the killing of 47 people and one against Khan Akram and Abdul Latif for killing a person.
The tribunal framed charges against the trio on November 5, 2014. According to the indictment order, Sirajul on May 13, 1971 was involved in the killing of 40-50 Hindus at Ranjitpur in the district and looted their houses.
Sirajul was also involved in the killing of around 600- 700 Hindus on May 21, 1971, when several thousand Hindu men gathered at Kali Mandir in Dakra of Rampal of the district in order to go to refugee camps in India.
The trio attacked civilians at Shakharikathi Haat under Kochua Police Station and killed 42 people on November 5, 1971, the indictment order said. They killed five persons of different villages of Kachua on November 22, 1971.
Khan Akram and Abdul Latif detained freedom fighter Fazlur Rahman of Teligati village and killed him on December 13, 1971. Sixty-eight persons are made witnesses in the case.

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