The International Crimes Tribunal-1 deferred to December 31 for passing order on charge framing in the 1971 war crimes case faced by Maulana Abdus Sobhan of Pabna, a top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, as it could not prepare the order yesterday.
“We couldn’t prepare the order today. The date is re-fixed on December 31 for order,” said tribunal chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir.
Three months ago, on September 19, after perusing the formal charge along with relevant statements and documents submitted by the prosecution, the tribunal took cognizance of the charges against Maulana Sobhan as it found a strong prima facie case against the accused under section 3(2), 4(1) and 4(2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
Sobhan, the number three man in the Jamaat-e-Ialami hierarchy, faces nine allegations of 1971 war crimes, including conspiracy, genocide, arson, abduction and loot. Some 43 people have been made prosecution witness in the case.
On September 20 last year, Sobhan was held by the members of an army intelligence agency at Bangabandhu Bridge toll plaza in Tangail in connection with a case of violence. Later, the accused was handed over to the police.
The tribunal, upon a prosecution plea, had shown Sobhan arrested in connection with the case of the 1971 crimes against humanity.
According to the prosecution, it received allegations like genocide, rape, arson and looting perpetrated by Sobhan, the then leader of Pabna Peace Committee (collaborator) and Pabna district Jamaat ameer, in collaboration with Pakistan occupation forces, including Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams, during the Liberation War.
Sobhan had allegedly played a key role in organizing Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams, the auxiliary forces of the Pakistani junta, in Pabna district.
The accused was produced at the tribunal amid tight security during the BNP and Jamaat led political programs like blockade and hartal.