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War crimes: Convict arrested in capital

Members of the Anti-Terrorism Unit arrested a convicted war criminal from the capital’s Khilgaon area on Tuesday night--eight days after he was sentenced in a case related to the 1971 war crimes.

The 66-year-old convict Md Fakhruzzman is the son of late Abdul Wahed of Collegepara under Kotwali police station in Mymensingh.

Tipped-off, the absconding convict was arrested from Dakkhin Goran area under Khilgaon police station around 10pm on Tuesday.

On May 19, 2015, late freedom fighter Abur Rahman’s wife Rahima Khatun, a resident of Mymensingh district town, filed a case accusing Jatiya Party’s former lawmaker MA Hannan and his son Fakhruzzaman bringing allegations of genocide, looting, rape, torturing, torching and others at an Amali court there.

After taking the case into cognisance, the court ordered the authorities concerned to send the case to the International Crimes Tribunal.

As the tribunal issued a warrant for the former lawmaker Hannan and his son Rafique on October 10 of the same year, the duo was arrested from the capital’s Gulshan area while Fakruzzaman and others were absconding.

The Investigating Officer of the case submitted the full-pledge chargsheets against the accused at the prosecution section of the tribunal on July 11, 2016.

The court framed the charges against eight people including Fakhruzzaman on November 4, 2018.

Meanwhile, Hannan and other two defendants died.

The tribunal of three judges delivered the life term imprisonment to Fakhruzzman for killing sculptor Abdur Rashid on February 20 this year.

After the arrest, the convict was handed over to the concerned Kotwali police station.

Source: United News of Bangladesh