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Fugitive Razakar commander gets death for war crimes in Bangladesh

A fugitive commander of the notorious Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani troops, was sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court for massacre and torture particularly of Hindus during the country’s 1971 liberation war.

Syed Mohammad Hasan Ali, 68, was found guilty on five charges out of six and Justice M Enaytur Rahim, chairman of the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1, handed down the death sentence to him.

The verdict said that the “death be executed by hanging the accused by the neck till he is dead or by shooting him till he is dead”.

“The government will decide on his manner of execution,” the judge said in a rare directive while handing down death penalties.

Justice Rahim said since Ali was absconding the sentence “shall be executed after his arrest or when he surrenders before the tribunal, whichever is earlier.”

Ali, a commander of the notorious Razakar Bahini which was formed as an auxiliary force to the Pakistani troops, was defended by a state appointed lawyer during the trial.

Under the law, Ali can challenge the verdict in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court after surrendering before the tribunal.

The tribunal said five out of the six charges like massacre, murders, torture particularly of Hindus and arson, against Ali were “proved beyond doubt” and he was awarded the capital punishment for two of the charges.

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