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Verdict on Bangladesh war crimes accused Thursday

IANS 12 Nov 2014, 12:53:08 PM IST
IANS

Dhaka: The verdict against Bangladeshi war crimes accused Zahid Hossain alias Khokon Razakar is expected on Thursday, according to media reports.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Hossain was indicted on 11 charges of murder, genocide, arson, rape, loot and forcible religious conversion in October last year, bdnews24.com reported.

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim concluded its trial April 17 this year.

The ICT is a specially constituted court set up to prosecute those who committed war crimes committed during Bangladesh's 1971 War of Independence.

According to the tribunal investigators, Hossain had campaigned for Jamaat-e-Islami in the 1970 national elections.

After Independence, he joined the BNP and became the vice-president of its Nagarkanda unit.

He was elected mayor to the Nagarkanda municipality in 2011.

Hossain has been absconding ever since the probe began.