The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday announced that it would deliver the verdict in the crimes against humanity case of absconding accused former Jatiya Party MP, engineer Abdul Jabbar. The presiding judge, Justice M Enayetur Rahim announced the decision at a full court hearing attended by Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Anwarul Haque. On December 3, 2014, after hearing both the sides, the tribunal had said that the verdict would be delivered later. Jabbar was tried in absentia on five war crimes charges. ‘The accused deserves highest punishment,’ prosecutor Zahid Imam told a news briefing he called immediately after the tribunal announced the schedule of delivering its verdict. The prosecution, he said, proved all the charges against the accused beyond any shadow of doubt. But state defence lawyer Mohammad Abul Hasan said that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against his client. He expressed the hope that his client would be acquitted. This would be the 17th verdict in as many crimes against humanity cases in Bangladesh. For the ICT-1 it would be the 8th verdict. On August 14, 2014, Jabbar was indicted for genocide, superior war crimes responsibility, conspiracy, abetting and committing crimes of abduction, murders, torture, loot and religious persecution in 1971. Born in the village Khetachira, Mothbaria, Pirojpur on November 30, 1932, Jabbar was a Muslim League leader. In 1964, he was elected a Member of Provincial Assembly of East Pakistan. In 1971, he was the chairman of Mothbaria central peace committee, according to the prosecution. During the Liberation War, as an influential leader of Muslim League and peace committee chairman, he collaborated with the Pakistani occupation army and its auxiliary forces – Rajakar Bahini, Al-Badr and Al-Shams. Under his supervision, Rajakar Bahini was formed at Mathbaria, and as per his direction, plans and conspiracy, the Pakistani Army, Razakar Bahini and members of the peace committee committed various crimes against humanity in 1971 in different areas of Mothbaria, the prosecution alleged. In 1986 and 1988, Jabbar was elected MP on tickets from Jatiya Party of military dictator HM Ershad, according to the prosecution. During the trial, 24 prosecution witnesses testified against Jabbar. The defence produced no witnesses.
Source: New Age