B’desh tribunal wraps up Jamaat chief’s trial for war crimes

Dhaka: A special Bangladeshi tribunal on Wednesday wrapped up the trial of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami for 1971 war crimes and the verdict is now expected any day.

“Let the case record be kept at CAV (Curia Advisari Vult),” pronounced chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal 1 Justice A T M Fazle Kabir using a Latin legal term meaning the verdict would be delivered anytime.

The charges against the 69-year-old radical leader include involvement in murders and torture of unarmed people, hatching conspiracy, planning, incitement and complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity during the war. The court however said the defence counsel could submit their missing points in writing within the next five days as they concluded their arguments on the last day of hearing on Wednesday.

Nizami’s counsels concluded their arguments claiming “innocence” of their client while the prosecution accused him of carrying out atrocities in 1971 as the chief of the notorious Al Badr secret killing force that was allied with the Pakistani troops.

If convicted, Nizami, the Ameer of the Jamaat, which was opposed to Bangladesh’s independence, could be sent to the gallows. (PTI)

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