BANGLADESH: SPECIAL COURT ORDERS NEW WAR CRIMES DEATH SENTENCE
July 16, 2015: A Bangladeshi special court handed downÂ the latest in a line of death sentences to a former political activistÂ prosecuted forÂ war crimes.Â
The International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic court, found Forkan MalikÂ guiltyÂ of rape and murdering civilians.
âThe court observed that he willingly committed these crimes, especially on the Hindu community,â prosecutorÂ Mokhlesur Rahman Badal told reporters.
Malik was arrested from the southern town of Barisal last year and was a former member of the then-Muslim league during Bangladeshâs 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.Â
The court found him guilty of joining the Razakar militiaÂ which collaborated with the Pakistani army and was accused of committing war crimes.Â
The International Crimes Tribunal, set up in 2009 to investigate the war crimes, has so far passed 19 verdicts, sentencing most to death orÂ life imprisonment.Â (Sources: newsfultoncounty.com, 16/07/2015)