Verdict against Abul Kalam Azad, former member of Jamaat-e-Islami, is going to be announced today. International Crime Tribunal told this at a press conference today. It will be the first verdict of this trial.
Azad was indicted with eight charges of crimes against humanity, based on eight incidents that left at least 12 unarmed people dead and two women raped in Faridpur during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Azad was hiding from the opening of the. The arguments ended at the International Crimes Tribunal-2, headed by Justice Obaedul Hasan, on December 26, in absence of Azad. On September 2, the prosecution submitted the formal charges against him.
An arrest warrant was issued against Azad on April, last year. But police failed to arrest him. The tribunal took the charge in consent on September 9 and ordered to produce before court before September 23. On November 4, court ordered to take the statement and testimonies of witnesses. Twenty-two prosecution witnesses had testified. But the defense counsel failed to produce any witnesses.