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Thursday, July 16, 2015, Shraban 1, 1422 BS, Ramadan 28, 1436 Hijr

War Crimes Trial
Forkan Mallik gets death penalty
Observer Online Report
Published :Thursday, 16 July, 2015,  Time : 11:09 AM  View Count : 69
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday awarded death penalty to Forkan Mallik for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

The three-member ICT-2, led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan, pronounced the verdict.

The tribunal on December 18, 2014, indicted Forkan and framed five specific charges of crimes against humanity including murder, rape, torture and forced conversion. The police arrested Forkan on June 25.

UNB adds, Forkan, a Razakar, who faced five counts of charges, was awarded the capital punishment on two charges like mass rape and mass killing as crimes against humanity while he was given jail unto death on one charge.

The tribunal, however, acquitted him of two charges as the prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.

The state side has been satisfied with the judgment as it has been able to prove three charges out of the five, said prosecutor Mokhlesur Rahman Badal.

On July 14, the tribunal fixed today (Thursday) for delivering its judgment.

After formally closing law-point arguments from both sides, the tribunal on June 14 kept its judgment pending to be delivered any day.

On December 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 took cognisance of the charges brought against detained Forkan Mallik.

On October 27, the investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunals finalised its investigation report against war crimes-suspect Forkan, also a former activist of Muslim League (Convention) in Pakistan period that opposed the Liberation War of Bangladesh.


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