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Dhaka 5-59 pm, 19-September, 2020

Jabbar gets Imprisonment until death

Sumel Sarker

War crimes tribunal in Dhaka is set to deliver its verdict against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Mohammad Abdul Jabbar.

War Criminal Engineer Mohammad Abdul Jabbar

24 February 2015, Nirapad News: Former Jatiya Party lawmaker engineer Mohammad Abdul Jabbar has been sentenced to imprisonment until death for committing crimes against humanity in Pirojpur during the 1971 Liberation War.

The three-member International Crimes Tribunal 1, led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, pronounced the verdict, considering the fugitive war criminal’s age. Jabbar, now 85, has been a fugitive since 2009.

The tribunal said all the judges unanimously agreed that Jabbar deserved the highest punishment for his crime. But, his punishment has been mitigated, considering his old age.

The tribunal found Jabbar guilty in all the five charges brought against him. The charges leveled against him include killing 36 people, forcefully converting 200 Hindus to Islam, and looting and torching 500 houses in several villages of the district.

The tribunal also ordered the Inspector General of Police and Interpol to arrest Jabbar.

The former chairman of the local unit of the Peace Committee during the 1971 Liberation War, was given imprisonment unto natural death in charges 1, 2, 3, and 4. He was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment in charge 4 and also fined Tk10 lakhs.

Jabbar had played a key role in the formation of razakar force and led the collaborators in committing crimes in Mathbaria.

The prosecution submitted the formal charges against Jabbar on May 11 last year. On May 12, the tribunal issued arrest warrant against him after taking the charges into cognizance.

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