Yusuf indicted for 1971 genocideNew Age Online
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday indicted AKM Yusuf,
the nayeb-e-amir of Jamaat-e-Islami and alleged founder of the
infamous Razakar Bahini or collaborating force, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, on 13 counts of crimes against humanity.
The tribunal indicted him on six charges of genocide, one charge of
looting and arson attacks on Hindu houses, one of forcibly converting
Hindus to Muslims and five charges of abduction, torture in
confinement and murder in Khulna region, during the liberation war.
The tribunal has set September 5 for commencement of Yusuf’s formal
trial with opening statement by the prosecution.
The court also asked the defence for submitting their list of defence witnesses,
if any, and the documents they intended to rely on, on September 5.
Yusuf’s case was initially in the ICT-1 but was transferred to the ICT-2 on July 1.
The war crimes accused was arrested from his Dhanmondi residence in
the capital on May 12.
After reading out the charges, the tribunal asked Yusuf whether he
pleaded guilty or not. He pleaded not guilty.
Yusuf, now 84, hailed from Rajoir under Sarankhola in Bagerhat, had
joined Jamiat-e-Talabi-e-Arabia and then joined Jamaat in 1952. He was elected
East Pakistan Jamaat deputy amir in 1971.
Yusuf was also a minister of revenue, public works, irrigation and
power of the erstwhile East Pakistan provincial government in 1971. He
became Khulna regional Peace Committee chairman and founded armed
Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the marauding Pakistani
military, with 96 Jamaat and anti-liberation activists at the Ansar camp in
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