The International Crimes Tribunal-1 will deliver its verdict today on war crimes accused and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
The tribunal on August 14 formally closed summing-up arguments from both sides in the trial of the 1971 war crimes including genocide, allegedly perpetrated by detained BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and kept the verdict pending for any day.
This will be the first verdict against a BNP leader on war crimes charges.
On April 4 last year, the tribunal indicted Salauddin Quader for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War on 23 counts under different provisions of section 3 (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
The charges include abduction and murdering of civilians, collaborating with the Pakistani occupation army to kill and torture unarmed people, genocide, looting of valuables and torching of houses and other properties, persecuting people on religious and political grounds, and committing atrocities on the Hindus in Chittagong district.
According to the charges, Salauddin Quader, also a former minister during General HM Ershad’s military rule, was involved in the killing of more than 200 people, including that of Nutan Chandra Singh, founder of Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya, of Gahira in Rauzan of Chittagong.
Verdict on SQ Chow today