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RAB arrests fugitive war criminal

Published : 03 Jul 2022 10:19 PM

Rapid Action Battalion on Saturday night arrested a fugitive war crimes convict who was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal for committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

He was identified AK Aminul Haque alias Rajab Ali, 69, hailing from Kishoreganj district. RAB arrested him from the city’s Kalabagan area.

According to RAB press release on Sunday, a team of RAB intelligence wing in association with RAB-2 arrested  Rajab Ali after conducting a drive in the city’s Kalabagan area on Saturday night.

The International Crimes Tribunal on Novenber 5 in 2018, sentenced Rajab Ali to death for his involvement in the crimes against humanity during the 1971 War of Liberation.

He was found guilty of murder, looting, arson, torture and kidnapping in Kishoreganj, Bhairab, Brahmanbaria and Habiganj in 1971.

He also formed ‘Al -Badr’ forces in the area to assist the Pakistani army in Bhairab and served as the commander of Kishoreganj district.

Rajab Ali surrendered to the Joint Forces on December 18 in1971.

In 1972, five cases were filed against him at Ashtagram police station. He was sentenced to 40 years jail in these cases. But he was released from Dhaka Central Jail in 1982 as he got presidential clemency after serving jail term for only 10 years.

Later, he fled to a country in the Middle East and then went to Pakistan several times. Rajab came to Dhaka again in 1997.

The investigating agency submitted the charge sheet against Rajab Ali to the International Crimes Tribunal and since then he remained fugitive on December 27 in 2015.