Crimes Against Humanity: Tipu Rajakar's death sentence

Staff Correspondent
11 December 2019, Wed
Published: 12:08

Crimes Against Humanity: Tipu Rajakar's death sentence

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 announced death sentence verdict against former Chhatra Shibir leader Md Abdus Sattar alias Tipu Sultan on Wednesday for allegedly committing crimes during the Liberation War in 1971.

Rajshahi Boalia Md. Abdus Sattar alias Tipu Sultan has been sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal.

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam announced the verdict on Wednesday.

Tipu Sultan from Boalia in Rajshahi has been charged with two counts of crimes against humanity including torture, looting and killings during the Liberation War. He, however, pleaded not guilty before the court.

Earlier on October 17, the same court kept the verdict waiting after both the prosecution and defence completed closing arguments.

Sattar was a member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of anti-liberation Jamaat-e-Islami, and a member of the Razakar Bahini during the war, according to the investigation agency.

He was arrested in May, 1972 under the Collaborators Order, 1972 but was released in August, 1974. The accused retired in 2011 as an assistant professor from Gopalpur Degree College in Natore’s Lalpur. The tribunal framed charges against him on August 8 last year. According to them, the accused was involved in killing at least 10 and torturing two persons, looting and arson attacks on 12 houses in areas under Boalia Police Station of Rajshahi.

The prosecution produced 14 witnesses including the case’s investigation officer to prove their charges while the defence declined to produce any witness.