ICT disposes of Kamaruzzaman’s petition

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Tuesday disposed of war crimes suspect Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman’s petition seeking review of his indictment order.

The three-member tribunal led by its Chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir disposed of the petition saying that there was no other ground for interference in the decision on charge framing matter except some minor alterations.

The tribunal on June 4 framed seven specific charges against Kamaruzzaman, senior assistant secretary general of Jamaat, and fixed July 2 for the beginning of the trial.

The charges are based on seven separate incidents of crimes against humanity that left at least 183 unarmed people dead and some women raped.

Six of the seven charges were for his involvement in crimes, including murder, torture, abduction and confinement.

But Kamaruzzaman's defence sought review of the indictment order.

Born in Sherpur on July 4, 1952, Kamaruzzaman was president of Islami Chhatra Sangha in greater Mymensingh in 1971.

Detained on July 13, 2010 in a criminal case, Kamaruzzaman was shown arrested on war crimes charges on August 2 the same year.

The ICT-1 took the charges against Kamaruzzaman into cognisance on January 31.

The case was transferred to tribunal-2 on April 16.

Kamaruzzaman is among six Jamaat leaders, including its former chief Ghulam Azam and two BNP leaders, facing war crimes charges before the court.

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The Daily Star