Prime News Report
Dhaka: Five of the six charges of crimes against humanity during 1971 Liberation War were proved leading to life imprisonment for Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah.
The Jamaat assistant secretary general was indicted on May 28 last year on six specific charges of war crimes he allegedly committed during the Liberation War in.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 pronounced the verdict finding Mollah guilty of five charges under section 3(2) (a) (h) and 3(2) (a) of the International Crimes Tribunal Act of 1973.
The tribunal, however, acquitted him of one specific charge of complicity to commit murders, as it could not be proved beyond doubt. The proven charges are:
1. Complicity to the murder of Pallab on April 5, 1971. On April 5, 1971, on Mollah's instructions, one of his aides named Akhter killed Pallab, a student of Bangla College and an organiser of the Liberation War.
2. Complicity to the murder of poet Meherunnesa and her family in Mirpur on March 27, 1971. On March 27, 1971, Mollah and his aides murdered pro-liberation poet Meherun Nesa, her mother and two brothers at their home at Mirpur-6 of Dhaka.
3. Complicity to the murder of Journalist Abu Taleb on March 29, 1971. On March 29, 1971, Mollah, accompanied by Al-Badr, Razakars and non-Bangla speaking Bihari men, apprehended journalist Khondoker Abu Taleb and brought him to a place known as Mirpur Jallad Khana Pump House and slit his throat.
5. Direct involvement in the murders of 344 people in village Alokdi, Mirpur on April 24, 1971. On November 25, 1971, an organised attack and indiscriminate shooting by Mollah and his cohorts killed hundreds of unarmed people of Khanbari and Ghatar Char villages in Keraniganj.
6. Direct involvement in the murders of Hajrat Ali and his family and rape of one minor girl on March 26, 1971. On April 24, 1971, Mollah led Pakistan army men and around 50 non-Bangla speaking Biharis into an attack on unarmed people of Alubdi village in Mirpur that left 344 people killed.
On the evening of March 26, 1971, under the leadership of Mollah, some Biharis and Pakistani soldiers killed one Hazrat Ali and five members of his family in Mirpur.
"He (Mollah) be convicted and condemned to a single sentence of 'imprisonment for life," pronounced chairman of the three-member tribunal Justice Obaidul Hassan at the crowded courtroom.
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