Bangladesh

Death penalty for murder; drug offences; Trafficking in children for immoral or illegal purposes; trafficking in women for purposes of prostitution

BANGLADESH – Man to die for killing wife for dowry

march 13, 2014

District Judge of Woman and Child Repression Control Tribunal Fatema Nazib passed the order on Wednesday.

The convicted was identified as Mohammad Faruk, a carpenter and son of Yunus Chulder of Kishoredia village of Rajoir Upazila in Madaripur district.

Special Public Prosecutor Mohammad Shahjahan told reporters that the convict had been on the run after securing bail from the trial court.

According to the case details, Faruk attacked wife Salma Begum, 34, with a brick which caused her to death at Ershadnagar, a colony for the destitute, in Tongi on Oct 19, 2011.

Salma’s mother filed a lawsuit with the Tongi Police Station under the Women and Children Repression Control Tribunal over the murder.

The police had arrested Faruk, but he has been on run after securing bail from the court three months ago.

The relatives said that after their marriage, Faruk used to stay at the house of his in-laws and that he killed Salma for failing to get land’s ownership as dowry.

Special Public Prosecutor Mohammad Shahjahan said that the couple had two sons – Mohammad Sakib, 8, and Mohammad Rakib, 16.

The two sons also testified against their father at the hearing.

The court recorded deposition from seven witnesses.

Advocate Zakir Hossain of Gazipur Judge Court argued for the accused at the hearing.

(bdnews24)

Bangladesh: 14 Sentenced to Die for Smuggling Arms

The leader of the main Islamist opposition party was among 14 people convicted and sentenced to death on Thursday for smuggling weapons to a rebel group in India nearly a decade ago.

In April 2004, security officials seized more than 4,000 firearms, ammunition and other military equipment from fishing boats.

According to case documents, the shipments were meant for Indian insurgents in Assam State, who signed a truce with the Indian government in 2011.

Among those sentenced to death were Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the main Islamist opposition party, Jamaat-e-Islami, two former intelligence officials and a former cabinet official.

(Source: AP) #deathpenalty

Death penalty for leading Bangladesh Islamist

Tribunal finds Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islam, guilty of war crimes.

A Bangladesh court has sentenced a senior leader of the country’s largest Islamic party to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, 65, was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal of five charges, including abduction and murder, and was sentenced to death, MK Rahman, Bangladesh’s junior attorney-general and prosecutor said on Wednesday.

“In three out of five charges he was given the death sentence,” Rahman said after the verdict in the capital, Dhaka.

Mojaheed, the secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islam, had faced seven charges of murder, mass killing, torture, arson and abduction during he war of liberation against Pakistan.

The tribunal found him guilty of kidnapping and killing a journalist, a music director and other people.

He had been accused of leading a notorious group that during the war kidnapped and killed many teachers, journalists and writers who supported the cause for independence.

Appeal

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury, reporting from Dhaka, said that Mojaheed could appeal the sentence and general elections were due to be held in five months’ time, which could prompt a retrial.

Mojaheed’s son had earlier told Al Jazeera that the crimes his father was accused of were politically motivated.

Mojaheed was an influential minister in the 2001-2006 government headed by Khaleda Zia, the present head of the
opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Bangladesh had shut down for a third straight day on Wednesday, after Jamaat supporters called a nationwide strike over the 90-year sentence given to Ghulam Azam, the 90-year-old spiritual leader of the Islamic party.

Shops and businesses were closed and main roads were largely deserted of cars in the capital Dhaka.

Bangladesh has said that the Pakistani army killed three million people and raped 200,000 women during the war.

(Source: Al Jazeera)