Salauddin Qader Chowdhury (Appellant) vs. The Chief Prosecutor, International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (Respondent)

Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

29 July 2015

CRIMINAL APPEAL NO.122 OF 2013. (From the judgment and order dated 1.10.2013 passed by the International Crimes Tribunal No.1 (ICT-1), Dhaka in ICT-BD Case No.02 of 2011.)


Accused Salauddin Qader Chowdhury has committed crimes with highest ruthlessness and extreme atrocity. He persecuted civilian and unarmed people, tortured them to death, caused disappearance of innocent people and helped in disappearing people in collaboration with the occupier Pakistani Army. He rampantly looted and assisted to plunder people’s property. The offences were not the one envisaged in the penal laws of any country, the accused in commiting those crimes in the syncronised plan and design that were developed and put into execution with cool blood. Salauddin Qader Chowdhury persecuted, killed and caused disappearance of civilian people solely on religious and political grounds. He had direct involvement in the killing of innocent people. The prosecution has been able to establish clearly that he had thoroughly designed plan and common objectives to commit those crimes, especially he had done all these brutal offences with specific intention to exterminate the Hindu religious community and his political opponents from that locality. And he eventually accomplished his killing mission of mass people, a very rarest of atrocities so far committed with the collaboration of occupying army forces and local allies. Accordingly, it is one of the fittest cases to award such sentences. We find no cogent ground to interfere with the sentences of death.
The appeal is allowed in part. The appellant Salauddin Qader Chowdhury is found not guilty of charge No.7 and he is acquitted of the said charge. However, the conviction and sentences in respect of charge Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 17 and 18 stand.

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