The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday handed down death sentence to three war crimes convicts of Jamalpur district and jailed five others until death on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War of 1971, according to reports. The three-member bench of the tribunal, headed by Justice Anwarul Haq, delivered the verdict.
Justice Shahinur Islam and Justice Mohammad Suhrawardi are the two other members of the bench. The death convicts are: Ashraf Hossain, Abdul Mannan and Abdul Bari. The other convicts who were given prison until death are: Advocate Shamsul Alam alias Badar Bhai, former ameer of Jamalpur district unit Jamaat-e-Islami, SM Yusuf Ali, Prof Sharif Ahmed alias Sharif Hossain, Harun and Abul Hashem.
Of them, Advocate Shamsul Alam alias Badar Bhai and SM Yusuf Ali are in custody while the others are still at large. The ICT found them guilty on three of the five charges pressed against them. The verdict also said the convicts will now get one month to move an appeal before the High Court.
Prosecution lawyer Turin Afroz told reporters after the verdict that they were pleased with the verdict. Earlier on July 17, the tribunal fixed today (Monday) for delivering the judgment. On June 19, closing the law-point arguments from both sides in the trial, the ICT kept pending its verdict for any day.
A total of 40 witnesses have testified before the court during the trial. Police arrested Shamsul and Yusuf Ali from different parts of Jamalpur following arrest warrants issued by the tribunal on March 3, 2015 against the eight war crimes accused.