Bangladeshi militia leader sentenced to death for war crimes

Commander of Razakar militia handed capital punishment for mass killings of 1971 Liberation war

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Razakar militia chief, Syed Hasan Ali, was sentenced to death at Bangladeshi court on Tuesday, allegedly committing war crimes during Liberation War in 1971.

He found guilty for five out of six charges but the court gave him capital punishment in two of them.

Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal gave death sentence to him for being mass murder of 12 Hindus who were killed in Shemulhati village in Kishoreganj and also Balongka street genocide in which eight people were killed on Sept. 27.

Ali was also found guilty for looming, arson and collaborating with Pakistani army during Bangladesh's independence war in 1971 as he was commander of the Razakar militia.

Justice M. Enayetur Rahim said he can be gunned down or be hanged after he read out summary of 125-page verdict of fugitive Syed Hasan Ali.

“The government will decide on his manner of execution,” he added, according to the Daily Star.  

The Bangladeshi court also assigned police to arrest him and cooperate with global police network, Interpol for capturing him.

Ali has not been part of Bangladeshi policy, he was previously a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party which does not agree with Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan, according to local Dhaka Tribune newspaper. 

Many Jamaat-e-Islami leaders have been given capital punishment allegedly committing war crimes. Two leaders of the party have been executed since the tribunal was established in 2009.

Bangladesh's Law Minister Anisul Haque last week said Bangladeshi government is on the eve of alteration of current law in order to put whole members of Jamaat-e-Islami party on trial with war crime allegations.

TRTWorld and agencies