Death for Shariatpur Razakar Idris

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) today sentenced fugitive Razakar leader from Shariatpur Idris Ali Sardar to death for committing crimes against humanity in 1971.

"...he be convicted accordingly and sentenced there unto death under section 20(2) of the ICT Act of 1973," said Justice Anwarul Haque.

"The tribunal handed down death to him as all the four charges against the accused were proved beyond any doubt. Idris was sentenced to death for charge number 1 and 2, while for charge number 3, he was sentenced to imprisonment till death. The fugitive accused was handed down seven-year imprisonment charge number 4," said prosecutor Zead-al Malum.

Justice Haque, chairman of the three-member panel of the ICT-BD, in a pre-judgement observation said they are going to pass the 486-page verdict on majority basis and left the name of accused Sulaiman Mollah out of the judgement as he had already died.

After that Justice Md Shahinur Islam, second most senior judge of the panel, started reading out the summary of the judgement at around 10.50 am.

The tribunal on November 2, kept the matter on CAV (curia advisory vult, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict) as both the prosecution and defence concluded submitting arguments in the case on the day.

Idris, 67, of Mahmudpur of Shariatpur, is yet to be arrested, while his partner in crimes Sulaiman Mollah, 84, of Kashipur Muslimpara of the same district died of old age complications on October 26 in police custody.

Earlier on May 2, 2016, the tribunal had framed four charges against the two accused including genocide, murder, arson and deportation against the duo.

According to the prosecution, Idris was a leader of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami and later joined Razakar Bahini and collaborated with the Pakistan occupation army.

On the other hand, Sulaiman was a Muslim League leader and in 1970, he joined Jamayatul-Ulama-e-Islami. He formed Peace Committee and Razakar Bahini in his locality when the war broke out in 1971.

It is the 27th judgement from the tribunal set up to bring the people who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1971, to justice. A total of thirteen prosecution witnesses have testified in the case, while none appeared from the defence before the court to vouch for the accused.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)