War crimes: Ranada Prasad murder case verdict Thursday

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Dhaka, June 26: The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver verdict in a case filed over wartime crimes including the abduction and killing of philanthropist Ranada Prasad Shaha, his son and five others in 1971.The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam fixed the date for the verdict.

Defence counsel Gazi MH Tamim confirmed the matter to media.

The lone accused – Mahbubur Rahman, 69, from Mirzapur in Tangail – has been in jail since November in 2016, and pleaded not guilty. He is facing three charges.

The prosecution on January 10 last year pressed charges against Mahbubur for allegedly abducting and killing Ranada, widely known as RP Shaha; his son Bhabani Prasad Shaha and five others.

Mahbubur was also charged with abduction and killing of 55 others in two separate incidents in 1971.

The tribunal in March last year framed three charges and the prosecution produced 15 witnesses including the investigation officer of the case to prove the charges. Defence, however, declined to produce any witness.