Dhaka, Aug.14 ANI | 4 months ago

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed five war crimes charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

Jabbar, who was chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with killing, mass killing, looting and forced conversion committed during the nine-month war.

The fugitive suspected had "played a key role" in the formation of the Razakar Bhahini and had "led the force" in committing crimes in Mathbaria area, reports the Daily Star.

After framing the charges, International Crimes Tribunal-1 set September 7 for starting the trial through the hearing of the opening statements.

Both prosecutor Zahid Imam and defense counsel Mohammd Abul Hasan were present at the court room when the charges were framed against Jabbar.

The prosecution had submitted formal charges against Jabbar on May 11.

According to the war crimes investigation agency, Jabbar has been on run since 2009.

(Posted on 14-08-2014)

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