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Hearing of Netrokona war crimes case against 6 adjourned till June 19

DHAKA, June 13, 2017 (BSS) - The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 today adjourned till June 19 the hearing in the crimes against humanity case against six alleged war criminals from Purbodhola, Netrokona.

"Today, the defence finished cross examining first prosecution witness Md Aiub Ali. Justice Md Shahinur Islam, the senior member of the two-judge tribunal, then adjourned the hearing till June 19," prosecutor Sabina Yesmin Khan told BSS.

The six accused are Sheikh Md Abdul Mazid alias Mazid Mawlana, 66, Md Abdul Khalek Talukder, 67, Md Kabir Khan, 70, Abdur Rahman, 70, Abdus Salam Begh, 68, and Nuruddin, 70. Of the six, only Rahman is in jail and was present at the courtroom today.

Earlier, Ali submitted his deposition in the case, saying, he learned from one Ranjit Joardar that the accused along with 15 to 20 Razakars and Pakistani army men shot three including Dr Hemchandra Bagchi to death in village Rajpara under Purbodhola Sadar.

"The Razakars also looted Bagchi's house and later set it on fire. On August 21, 1971, the accused led by Mazid raided the house of Freedom Fighter Abdul Kadir in village Barha. Failing to detain Kadir, the accused apprehended his brother Khalek, tortured and killed him and threw his body into the Kangsa river," the first prosecution witness added.

The prosecution on May 22, 2016, submitted the formal charge in the case, pressing seven charges of crimes against humanity against them. On April 19, 2017, the ICT-1 indicted the accused, framing seven charges against them.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

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