Dhaka – A special court in Bangladesh has sentenced two men, including one a former Awami League leader, to death for committing crimes during th Bangladesh’s 1971 war of liberation with Pakistan, officials said on Monday.
The International Crimes Tribunal awarded the punishment to Liakat Ali, former chairman of Morakori union parishad of Lakhai upazila in Habiganj district, and Aminul Islam alias Razab Ali of Astogram upazila in Kishoreganj district for their roles during the war.
They were convicted of genocide, arson attacks and looting in their respective districts as they worked for the Pakistani occupation forces during the war.
A three-judge panel of the war crimes tribunal headed by Md. Shahinur Islam passed the order as the seven charges of crimes against humanity including genocide were proved against Liakat and Aminul beyond any reasonable doubt.
The convicts have been absconding ever since the trial began.
The tribunal on May 18, 2016, issued arrest warrant against them and on November 1, 2016, passed the indictment order on seven specific charges.
The accused carried out mayhem in 1971 along with their associates in Lakhai under Habiganj, Nasirnagar under Brahmanbaria and Astogram under Kishoreganj.
It is the 35th judgment from the two tribunals, formed to try the people those committed crimes against humanity in 1971.
The ICT-2, which was constituted on March 22, 2012, however, kept non-functional since September 15, 2015.