JAMALPUR WAR CRIMES

Prosecution seeks indictment of 8 Jamalpur Jamaat men

New Age Online

The prosecution that concluded submission on charges against eight Jamalpur Jamaat-e-Islami men in the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday sought their indictment on five charges of crimes against humanity in 1971 at different places of the then Jamalpur sub-division.
Prosecutor Tapos Kanti Baul made the plea after his submission detailing the charges of killings, torture, arson attacks, looting and confinement.
Two of the suspects are Md Shamsul Haq and SM Yusuf Ali who are now detained and in the dock.
Six other suspects are Md Ashraf Hossain, Sharif Hossain, Abdul Mannan, Abdul Bari, Md Harun and Abul Hashem is still in hiding.
The tribunal questioned the prosecution whether the first charge that accused Shamsul and Yusuf, as Jamaat leaders and local Peace Committee members, in all the war crimes that took place in Jamalpur from April 22, 1971 to December 11, 1971 could be accepted for indictment as there was no specific place of occurrence and time was not mentioned.
Prosecutor Tureen Afroz then took the podium and submitted that it could be accepted as it was ‘continuous crime’ and there was instances of such charges in the cases of crimes against humanity and war crimes in home and abroad.
She referred to the war crimes case against former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam where the accused was indicted on such charges.
On completion of her submission, state defence counsel Kutubuddin Ahmed who has been representing three suspects – Md Harun, Abul Hashem and Abdul Bari sought discharge of his clients.
Senior lawyer AY Masihuzzaman who had been defending Shamsul and Yusuf, sought an adjournment for a week for taking more preparations.
Allowing his plea, the tribunal adjourned the hearing until October 7.

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