DHAKA – Former cabinet Minister sentenced to death by Bangladeshi war-crimes tribunal after convicting him of crimes against humanity committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
The special tribunal sentenced him to death as he was found guilty of genocide, murder and rape during the nine month war of independence in 1971. He is the 15th person to be convicted.
Mr. Qaisar, who was minister for agriculture in a military-backed government in the 1980s, denied all charges against him. Muhammad Shahjahan, a lawyer for Mr. Qaisar, said his client would appeal. “We hope to get justice in the superior court,” he said.
Rana Das Gupta, a prosecutor said that “The accused has been proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt,“ he added “We presented testimony from victims as well as former members of the Qaisar Force.”
Prosecutor Muhammad Ali talking about the wartime genocide and crimes committed against humanity sayid that “At least 108 unarmed Hindu civilians were killed. Scores of their houses were looted and set on fire.”
Rightest wing of Bangladesh parties say that the process does not meet international standards of justice however opposition parties appreciated the decision.
It is worth mention here The war-crimes tribunal was set up in the end of 2009 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to investigate atrocities and bring closure.
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