Formal charges against “Pachaia Razakar”
24 November 2015, Nirapad News: A three-member judicial bench headed by the chairman of the International War Crimes’ Tribunal (ICT), Justice Md Anwarul Haque, fixed January 19, 2016 for filing of formal charges against 19 persons including Salamat Ullah Khan, also known as “Pachaia Razakar”, of Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar district for alleged crimes against humanity during the country’s War of Liberation in 1971, following a time prayer by the prosecution.
Earlier, the ICT investigation team completed investigations and published its findings on October 8, 2015 and charged the accused with murder, rape, plunder, arson, torture, forced conversion and migration.
The team came to the conclusion after interviewing 126 people.
Those who have been charged include Salamat Ullah Khan, 77, Moulvi Zakaria Sikder ,78, Md Rashid Miah, BA,83, Oli Ahmed,58, Jalal Uddin,63, Moulvi Nurul Islam,61, Saiful Islam Shabul, 63, Momtaz Ahmed,60, Habibur Rahman,70, Moulvi Amjad Ali,70, Moulvi Abdul Majid,85, Badshah Miah, 73, Osman Gani,61, Abdul Sukkur,65, Moulvi Shamshuddoha ,82, Md Zakaria,58, Md Jinnah alias Zinnat Ali,58, Moulvi Jalal,75 and Abdul Aziz,68.
Accused Shamshuddoha, 82, died in prison which means that the 19 surviving accused will have to face trial.
The chief coordinator of the investigation committee Abdul Hannan Khan said the 19 accused were members of Jamaat-e-Islami and Nizam-e-Islami during 1971.
The crimes against humanity were committed under the leadership of Salamat Ullah Khan. The accused assisted the Pakistan army in their criminal activities and they, themselves, were engaged, directly and indirectly, in many such crimes.
Salamat Ullah is a LDP leader and president of the local chamber of commerce, while another accused was a former BNP-nominated legislator.