Verdict against Jamaat’s Shakhawat, 8 other war crimes suspects today

DHAKA : The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) is set to deliver its verdict against nine people, including former Jamaat MP Maulana Shakhawat Hossain, in the cases for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 on Wednesday, reports UNB.
The three-member ICT, headed by its chairman Justice M Anwarul Haque, on Tuesday fixed the date for delivery of the judgment.
Earlier on July 14, closing the law point arguments from both the prosecution and the defense, the ICT kept pending its verdict for any day. Among the accused, six are fugitives.
They are Ibrahim Hossain, Sheikh Mohammad Mujibur Rahman, M Abdul Aziz Sardar, MA Aziz, Kazi Ohidul and Abdul Khalek Morol. Maulana Shakhawat Hossain and Billal Hossain are now in jail.
Another accused, Lutfar Morol, died in jail in 2015. On September 8, 2015, the tribunal took the charges against the nine accused into cognizance. The tribunal also acquitted three other accused-Ojihar Morol, Akram Hossain and Moshiur Rahman-of the cases as no specific charges were brought against them.
Earlier on July 26, 2015, the prosecution pressed five counts of charges against Shakhawat Hossain and 11 others for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the war.
On November 29, 2014, police arrested Maulana Sakhawat Hossain from the city’s Uttarkhan area on the war crimes charges.
The war crime charges against him include murder and mass killing.
A war crimes investigation agency started investigation into the crimes in April 2012.
Shakhawat was a central committee member of the then Islami Chhatra Sangha (now Islami Chhatra Shibir) in 1971.
He was in-charge of Hisladanga Razakar camp in Keshabpur.
Shakhawat was elected MP on Jamaat ticket from Keshabpur constituency in 1991 while on BNP ticket in the February 15 election in 1996.
Jatiya Party picked him for the January-5 election.
However, his candidature was cancelled on the war crimes charges.