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Bangla court sentences man to death for ’71 war crimes

world Updated: Jun 02, 2016 06:51 IST

DHAKA: A special court dealing with crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence against Pakistan on Wednesday sentenced a man to death and his brother to life imprisonment.

The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Muhibur Rahman alias Boromian, 65, to death, while his younger brother Mujibur Rahman alias Angur Mian, 60, and their cousin Abdur Razzak, 63, were sent to jail until death.

The defendants were present when justice Anwarul Haque, who headed a three-member panel, announced the verdict.

The trio faced charges of killing two “freedom fighters” and raping women during the war that lasted for nine months in 1971 before Pakistani soldiers surrendered. They also faced charges of confining and torturing unarmed people during the war in Habiganj district in northeastern Bangladesh. India had helped Bangladesh in its fight against Pakistani military.

“We are happy with the outcome today,” said prosecution lawyer Sultan Mahmud Simon.

But defence expressed dissatisfaction and said they would appeal against the verdict in the higher court.

Wednesday’s decision by the court, set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010, comes as part of trials of the suspects for serious crimes like murders, rapes and arson.

First Published: Jun 02, 2016 06:51 IST