War crimes: Verdict on former Gaibandha Jamaat MP Wednesday

Aziz and five accomplices were accused of genocide, murder, illegal confinement, loot, arson, torture and other heinous crimes in three incidents during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

On Tuesday, a three-member war crimes tribunal set the date for the verdict.

The court reserved the judgment following the final hearing of arguments on Oct 23.

Aziz and five accomplices — Mohammad Ruhul Amin alias Manju, Mohammad Abdul Latif, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nazmul Huda and Mohammad Abdur Rahim Mia — were indicted over their alleged crimes in the Gaibandha Sadar and Sundarganj Upazilas.

The trial began last Jun 28. All of the suspects, aside from Latif, are absconding.

The decision was set to be announced on May 9, but was deferred after the death of Justice Anwarul Haque, who was heading the previous tribunal bench.

A new tribunal was then formed under the leadership of Justice Shahinur Islam.

On Oct 12, the judges decided to re-hear the case. The arguments were then heard on Oct 22-23. This is the 29th case tried by the war crimes tribunal since its formation in 2010.

The decision will be the 29th issued by the tribunal since its formation in 2010.