October 1, 2013
International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Tuesday ordered to hang BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in charges of crimes against humanity during 1971’s liberation war. A three-member bench led by ICT-1 chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir declared the verdict Tuesday noon. The tribunal found Quader guilty in 9 charges out of 23 of murders, abductions, atrocities and collaborating with the Pakistani army in 1971. This is the first verdict against any BNP, the main opposition, leader on war crimes charges, however, the tribunal earlier sentenced six Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in such cases. Ahead of the verdict strict security measures were taken in and around the tribunal along with Dhaka city. At around 10.40 am Justice Anwarul Haque started reading out the 172 pages judgment, while Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was laughing and saying, ‘This verdict was not made here in the tribunal. It has come from Belgium.’ Mr. Chowdhury further said, “This judgment was already published in websites yesterday.” The tribunal on August 14 formally closed summing–up arguments from both sides and kept the verdict pending for any day. On April 4 last year, the tribunal indicted Salauddin Quader for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the liberation war. According to the charges, Salauddin Quader was involved in the killing of more than 200 people, including that of Nutan Chandra Singh, founder of Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya of Gahira in Rauzan of Chittagong.
Source: BD Chronicle