3 to die, 5 get lifetime imprisonment for war crimes

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Dhaka, July 18: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday convicted eight Jamaat-e-Islami leaders from Jamalpur for their crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Of the convicted, three awarded for death penalty while five have been jailed unto death for committing crimes against humanity.

The ICT Justice Md Anwarul Haq, sentenced three of the former Al-Badr operatives to death and the rest to life in prison.

The death penalty convicts are Aftab Hossain, Abdul Mannan and Abdul Bari. Who have been jailed for life term imprisonment are Shamsul Haque, Yousuf Ali, Sharif Ahmed, Md Harun and Abul Kashem.

They were charged with murder, abduction, confinement, torture, and arson attacks between April 22 and December 11 of 1971 in the district.

Shamsul Alam and Yusuf Ali are in custody while the others are on the run.

According to the investigation agency of the war crimes tribunal, Al-Badr, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army, first came to existence in Jamalpur and Sherpur.

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