In its historic verdict, the ICT-2 said on Jan 21: That the accused Abul Kalam Azad @Bacchu (Bachchu) son of late Abdus Salam Mia and late Magrufa Khatun of village-Barakhardia (Choi ani), PS- Saltha, Dist- Faridpur at present sector-7, road-33, house-6, PS-Uttara and Azad Villa, 279/6 Chan Para, Uttarkhan, Dhaka is found guilty of the offences of crimes against humanity (listed in charge nos 3, 4, 6) and for the offence of genocide (listed in charge no 7) and he be convicted and sentenced to death and be hanged by the neck till he is dead under Section 20(2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973.
No separate sentence of imprisonment is being awarded to the accused for convictions relating to the offences of crimes against humanity as listed in charges 1, 5 and 8 of which too he has been found guilty as the sentence of death has been awarded to him in respect of four other charges as mentioned above.
The accused is however found not guilty of offences of crimes against humanity as listed in charge 2 and he be acquitted thereof.
Since the convicted accused has been absconding the sentence as awarded above shall be executed after causing his arrest or when he surrenders before the Tribunal, whichever is earlier. He sentence of death awarded as above shall be carried out and executed in accordance with the order of the govt as required under section 20(3) of the said Act.
Issue conviction warrant. Let a copy of the judgment be transmitted together with the conviction warrant to the IGP for information and necessary action and compliance. Let a copy of the judgement be transmitted also to the Dhaka district magistrate for information and necessary compliance.
Detectives say Bacchu Razakar fled to Karachi via India and Nepal.
Law minister claims that a red alert would be issued through the Interpol against the fugitive accused of 1971 including Bacchu Razakar. The govt will sign extradition treaties with the countries to bring back the fugitives.
Who is Bacchu Razakar?
Born on March 5, 1947, this former Jamaat member (rokan) was a madrasa student. He took admission in Faridpur Rajendra College in 1970 but discontinued in 1971. He was involved with Islami Chhatra Sangha and was a close associate of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, then the president of the pro-Jamaat student body.
Later he was made in-charge of the district’s Razakar Bahini and later became commander of Al-Badr Bahini.
Bacchu Razakar was arrested in 1972 but could not be tried due to lack of evidence.
He was expelled from Jamaat for violating discipline in 1992.
He was chairman of Masjid Council, a non-govt org, founding general secretary of Council for Interfaith Harmony, country representative of Islami Fiqah Academy of Jeddah and editor of monthly Jiggasa.
He took part in a programme of ATN Bangla but was later removed. He was however the regular anchor of Ajker Jiggasa on NTV as an Islamic cleric.
UPDATE Jan 25: The US and the UK have reacted very critically regarding the trial stressing on the transparency of the future trials, apparently advocating for the top Jamaat leaders and Saka Chowdhury. The BBC, AFP, AP have also tried to give a grim picture of the trial process and questioning its neutrality.