Azharul taken to ICT-1
Reported by: UNBConnect
Reported on: Aug 23, 2012 12:49 am
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Acting secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami ATM Azharul Islam, who was arrested on Wednesday on war crimes charges, was taken to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Thursday.The Jamaat leader will be produced before the tribunal at 2 pm. Azharul was taken to the tribunal from the Minto Road office of the Detective Branch (DB) of Police where he was kept overnight after his arrest.Hours after the ICT-1 issued a warrant for his arrest, police arrested Azharul Islam from his apartment at `F Tower` at Boro Moghbazar on Wednesday afternoon and took him directly to the DB office in a prison van.On Wednesday morning, the tribunal issued the warrant for the arrest of Azharul for “effective and proper investigation” into his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.Passing the order upon a prosecution plea, a three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Nizamul Huq, asked the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner to produce Azharul within 24 hours following his arrest.Moving the plea, prosecutor Noorjahan Mukta told the tribunal that the investigation officer had already collected “sufficient evidence and information” about the crimes against humanity perpetrated by Azharul, the then Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS) president, Rangpur district unit.Referring to the ongoing investigation report, the prosecutor said Azharul was involved in the killing of more than 1,200 innocent people in Rangpur in collaboration with Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War in 1971.War crimes-suspect Azharul was also involved in the killing of intellectuals, cultural personalities, physicians and lawyers in different areas of Rangpur district during the Liberation War, said the prosecutor.
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