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Thu, 18 Jul, 2013 12:47:24 AM
FTimes News Desk, July 18

Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday sentenced a leader of an Islamist party to death for the killing of intellectuals in Dhaka days before the victory in the country’s war for independence and for killing of minority community in 1971.

The tribunal in its verdict said that allegations brought against  Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami  were proved beyond doubt and ordered for hanging him until death, reported a leading Bangladeshi English daily New Age.

‘He be hanged by the neck till he is dead,’ the presiding judge, Justice Obaidul Hassan, pronounced the unanimous verdict of the tribunal.

The three-member tribunal found Mojaheed, 65, guilty of the charge of abducting and killing eminent journalist Seraj Uddin Hossain but the charge was merged into the charge of the killing of intellectuals for which he was given the death sentence.

The tribunal declared that Mojaheed was found guilty of intellectual killing in Dhaka and killing Hindus in Faridpur beyond reasonable doubt and condemned him to a ‘single sentence of death.’

The tribunal also sentenced him to imprisonment for killing Bodi, Jahanara Imam’s son Rumi, Jewel, Azad and musician Altaf Mahmud in an army camp at Nakhalpara in Dhaka.

The tribunal said, ‘As the convict Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed is “sentenced to death,” the sentence of “imprisonment for life” and the sentence of “imprisonment for 05 (five) years” will naturally get merged into the “sentence of death”.’

The tribunal said that it had already been established that Al-Badr was an ‘action section,’ ‘armed wing’ of Jamaat-e-Islami and Al-Badr was formed mainly with activists of of its student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha.

It said that Jamaat could not be relieved of the accountability for unspeakable mayhem, atrocities and murders committed by Al-Badr.

The tribunal said that Mojaheed’s defence, in fact, had not pleaded any specific case excepting ‘innocence’ and no plea of alibi had been taken on part of the Jamaat leader.

Families of the martyred intellectuals expressed their satisfaction at the verdict but they urged its early execution.

Hundreds of young people in the Shahbagh crossing burst into cheers, shouting slogans welcoming the verdict as the news reached them.

They sang, danced and embraced each other while many had tears of joy rolling down their cheek as their protests, demanding death penalty for all war criminals, which broke out on February 5, continued.

A number of freedom fighters who formed a human chain under the banner of Sammilita Muktijodhdha Front near the tribunal building gate demanding death penalty for all war criminals burst into joy as soon as they heard the news of Mojaheed’s death sentence. 

The Jamaat-e-Islami protesting against the verdict  enforced  two-day shutdown across the country from Wednesday.

The Tribunal earlier sentenced fugitive former Jamaat leader Abul Kalam Azad, also known as Bachchu Razakar, to death , Jamaat’s assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla to life in prison  and detained Jamaat assistant secretary general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman to death for crimes against humanity committed in 1971.

Another war crime tribunal 1 on July 15 sentenced former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam to 90 years’ imprisonment and detained Jamaat’s nayeb-e-amir Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death on February 28 on similar charges.

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