The International Crimes Tribunal-2 today will pronounce judgment on war crimes accused Abdul Alim, a Cabinet member of slain President Gen Ziaur Rahman of BNP.
This was stated by the three-member tribunal at the outset of the day’s business yesterday.
Earlier, on September 22, the tribunal kept the verdict pending for any day after closing law-point arguments from both sides in the trial of the 1971 war crimes allegedly perpetrated by Abdul Alim, also former BNP MP of Joypurhat,.
Octogenarian Alim faces 17 charges of crimes against humanity including genocide, arson and loot during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation forces. The charges fall under section 3(2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
On June 11 last year, the tribunal indicted Alim for his alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Of the 17 charges, 15 were framed in connection with Alim's alleged involvement in the killing of at least 585 people in 15 incidents. The two other charges were in connection with looting, arson, deportation and detention of unarmed civilians.
Of the 15 charges, three were for committing genocide, which claimed the lives of 406 people, mostly Hindus. Alim was also charged with attempt, abetment and conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity during the war.
During the trial, 35 prosecution witnesses, including the IO, gave evidence against the accused while three appeared as defence witnesses.
Dr Turin Afroz and advocate Rana Dasgupta appeared for the prosecution while advocate Ahsanul Huq Hena assisted by advocate Huzzatul Islam stood for Alim.