Maulana Sakhwat among nine Razakars from Jessore indicted
23 December 2015, Nirapad News: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 today framed charges against nine alleged Razakars from Jessore including former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Mawlana Sakhawat Hossain for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
The three-member ICT-1 panel headed by its chairman Justice Anwarul Haque, framed charges on five specific allegations of war crimes against the nine upon conclusion of hearing from both the prosecution and defense.
The other eight accused are- Billal Hossain, Lutfor Morol, Md Ibrahim Hossain, Sheikh Md Mujibur Rahman, Md Abdul Aziz Sarder, Qazi Ohidul Islam alias Wahidur Salam, Md Aziz Sarder and Abdul Khalek Morol.
Of the accused, Sakhawat, Lutfor and Billal are now in jail while the remaining other went into hiding.
Senior prosecutor Zead-al Malum earlier took part in the hearing and pleaded to frame the five charges of crimes against humanity against the accused. The crimes included murder, rape, abduction, looting, torture and arson.
Earlier the counsels for Sakhawat and Lutfor had submitted discharge petitions for their clients.
Of the nine accused, only Sakhawat, Lutfor and Billal are in police custody now and were present at the courtroom today.
The tribunal on September 8 took the five charges of crimes against humanity that the prosecution brought against the accused into cognizance.