Three Mymensingh war criminals jailed unto death

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Thursday sentenced three people of Gafargaon upazila in Mymensingh to jail unto death for their crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Shahinur Islam, also sentenced five people to 20 years’ imprisonment in the case.

Those who were jailed unto death are Mohamamd Shamsuzzaman alias Abul Kalam, AFM Foyjullah and Abdur Razzak Mandal were jailed unto death. Of them Foyjullah and Razzak were tried in absentia.

Those who get 20 years’ jail term are Khalilur Rahman, Mohamamd Abdullah, Mohammad Rois Uddin Azadi alias Akkel Ali, Alim Uddin Khan and Sirajul Islam Tota. Of them, Alim Uddin is on the run.

The tribunal also acquitted Abdul Latif from the charges.

On February 9, the tribunal set February 11 for delivering the judgment in the case.

Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon, Zahid Imam and Taposh Kanti Pal stood for the state while Advocate Abdus Sattar Palwan represented the accused.

On March 4, 2018, the International Crimes Tribunal framed charges against 11 suspects of Mymensingh for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Five of the 11 accused — Mohammad Shamsuzzaman alias Abul Kalam, Khalilur Rahman, Mohammad Abdullah, Mohammad Rois Uddin Azadi alias Akkel Ali and Abdul Malek Akand of Khurda Panashail village in Bhaluka upazila — were behind bars.

Two of them — Abdul Malek Akand and Nurul Amin Shahjahan (tried in absentia) — died during the trial proceedings.

They were charged with killing four people, abducting and torturing nine others from Sadhura and Rouha villages of Gafargaon during the Liberation War.