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A United States citizen of Bangladeshi descent has been arrested in Bangladesh for allegedly committing war crimes, including "murder and rape", during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Mohamed Jubair Monir, 62, was arrested despite official documents purportedly showing he was only 13 when Bangladesh was liberated.

His family also claims he did not live in the country for most of the duration of the nine-month war.

Monir was picked up by the police on December 19 from his house in a village in Sunamganj district in north Bangladesh and is being held in Keraniganj jail on the outskirts of capital Dhaka.

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Monir's (on the right) family shared this picture, claiming it was taken in 1973 [David Bergman/Al Jazeera]
His family said he was arrested on political grounds after meeting a leader from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who contested the national elections held last month.

"Monir has been swept up in the hysteria of the recent Bangladeshi election, which has been widely condemned for their irregularities and human rights violations," said Jason Emert, the family's lawyer.

"[He] is innocent of the crimes and must be released immediately. His politically motivated arrest is an affront to the already tarnished democratic process in Bangladesh."

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Monir will be tried by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), a national court established by Bangladesh in 2010 to prosecute those accused of war crimes in 1971.

Bangladesh was formed in 1971 following a war with Pakistan since the then East Pakistan, initially called East Bengal, believed power was concentrated in the West.

An estimated 300,000 to three million people were killed and some 200,000 women raped during the war, cases related to which are now being heard by the ICT.

But the tribunal has been widely criticised by rights groups for lack of due process and bias, with one calling for the trials to be "suspended" because of "well-founded fears about fundamental unfairness in the pre-trial and trial stages".

The tribunal has convicted 75 men, sentencing 53 of them to death. Six of those death sentences have so far been carried out.

Prosecutor Zead-ul-Malum told Al Jazeera that Monir was accused of "killings, confinement, rape, arson, and looting" in the areas of Shala and Derai in Sunamganj during the 1971 war.

"He was a member of the Razakar Bahini," he said, referring to the force established by the Pakistani military to fight those who supported the creation of an independent Bangladesh.

Malum denied the prosecutors were targeting people linked to the opposition political parties.

"When we prosecute, we are guided by law and due process," he stated. "I will not prosecute anyone because of their politics. But those who committed crimes during 1971 will be prosecuted, whatever their political beliefs."

Malum said the investigation was almost over. "We are verifying some of the materials we have collected."

Monir's daughter Srabon Monir told Al Jazeera her father was a small businessman who had been living in the US since 1982 and became a US citizen in 1991.

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"He rents two stores in Brooklyn in New York, where he lives and owns two farms, but he also has some business interests in Bangladesh, including an office block, a rice mill and a fishery," she said.

She said her father left New York on November 18, 2018 to travel to Bangladesh and was due to return on January 7.

"I received a call on December 18 from my uncle to say he had been arrested. I was shocked," she said.

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Official documents shared by Monir's family show he was 13 in 1971 [David Bergman/Al Jazeera]
'He was 13 years old in 1971'
Srabon shared with Al Jazeera copies of her father's birth certificate, his US naturalisation certificate and passport to show he was born on January 3, 1958 and had just turned 13 when the war started.

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Monir has been a US citizen since 1991 [David Bergman/Al Jazeera]
"How could he have committed war crimes when he was 13 years of age?" she asked.

Srabon also said for most of the nine-month war, her father was not living in East Pakistan [later Bangladesh], where the conflict took place.

"Since 1969, when he was 11, he had been living with his uncle in Lahore in [then West] Pakistan, going to school there, and did not return to Bangladesh until October 1971, two months before the war ended," she said, though she did not have any evidence to back her claim.

On Monir's age and location during the 1971 war, ICT prosecutor Malum said, "He may claim this. If they have any facts, his lawyer can come forward to the tribunal."

Srabon acknowledged her grandfather, Abdul Khalique Monir, a well-known local politician in 1971, collaborated with the Pakistani military during the war and this could explain why the tribunal investigators arrested her father.

"I have been brought up with this story, that is also well-known in the area, that after the Pakistan military surrendered on December 16, 1971, pro-independence forces killed my grandfather along with 96 other men, all of whom had given themselves up," she told Al Jazeera.

Malum said allegations of this kind should be given to the tribunal.

Meanwhile, the US consular authorities have not been allowed to meet Monir, who is expected to be brought before the ICT for the first time on January 20.

"Embassy officials should meet Monir as soon as possible and not allow the tribunal to hold him as a hostage," his US lawyer Jason Emert said.

"They should demand the unconditional release of Monir, an American citizen, and see to it that he is able to return home to his family in the United States at once," he added.

Monir was arrested 11 days before the Bangladesh national elections - widely considered to have been rigged - when opposition activists were routinely harassed by the police with many people arbitrarily arrested.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...arrested-1971-war-crimes-190107075141720.html
 

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Working so hard to justify their liberation from Pakistan ...
Who will work for these .
"I have been brought up with this story, that is also well-known in the area, that after the Pakistan military surrendered on December 16, 1971, pro-independence forces killed my grandfather along with 96 other men, all of whom had given themselves up," she told Al Jazeera.
No one knows how many pro-independence forces killed (may be 10000s) no voice for them... No trail for their killers , no law apply here , no tribunal for them...….. Who knows how many 1000s of them were innocent...…..
@Hakikat ve Hikmet
 
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Any sane Bangladeshi,who was even born in 1971 let alone before 1971 should never try to go against will of AL.
Anyone who was born in year 71 and before that would be easily labeled as "War Criminal" and would be exceuted and anyone who was born after 1971 would be labeled as "Terrorist" or "Spy" and would be executed.
So,for your own safety, that of your family and friends,do these things.
1-Don't show sympthy for Pakistan.
2-Never ever contest any claim made by AL supporters.
3-Except what Hasina & co says as a Divine truth.
4-Live like a Horde of sheeps.
By following these simple steps you would be able to live a happy,safe and prosperous life in Kingdom of Sheikh Family a.k.a Bangladesh.
 

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Good to see that another possible war criminal has got arrested. But keep in mind that he hasn't been convicted yet. Obviously his family will try to portray him as a Saint and will make up his age to protect him from the probable punishment. Ask the close relatives of a murderer and they will say that particular murderer is innocent.

Let the court judge whether he is indeed innocent or not.
 

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Good to see that another possible war criminal has got arrested. But keep in mind that he hasn't been convicted yet. Obviously his family will try to portray him as a Saint and will make up his age to protect him from the probable punishment. Ask the close relatives of a murderer and they will say that particular murderer is innocent.

Let the court judge whether he is indeed innocent or not.
If the picture in OP is victim pic , that clearly show his age...….. and tooth analysis can bring out almost real age .. Not that much hard if tribunal want to. Age can be find out easily . But what if He was really 12 to 15 years old in 71 , then what will happen , What your Law says about this???
 

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Who will work for these .
"I have been brought up with this story, that is also well-known in the area, that after the Pakistan military surrendered on December 16, 1971, pro-independence forces killed my grandfather along with 96 other men, all of whom had given themselves up," she told Al Jazeera.
No one knows how many pro-independence forces killed (may be 10000s) no voice for them... No trail for their killers , no law apply here , no tribunal for them...….. Who knows how many 1000s of them were innocent...…..
@Hakikat ve Hikmet

Why do people expect war to be fair ?? It is all about hatred and revenge, and revenge it may be. :(:(:(
 

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A 13 year old Kid that too in 71 ……………… Come on...………. Only way possible is he was a superkid(with some great powers).
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Sure it's possible, but the fact they won't let the U.S. consul meet with Monir screams that it's a set-up show trial.
 
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If the picture in OP is victim pic , that clearly show his age...….. and tooth analysis can bring out almost real age .. Not that much hard if tribunal want to. Age can be find out easily . But what if He was really 12 to 15 years old in 71 , then what will happen , What your Law says about this???
Is that ur argument? How do u know that pictures was taken in 1973 and not earlier than that.

But as I said earlier, if he is indeed not guilty of the crime he is accused of then he will be freed in no time.

Now let the judges to decide that.
 

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Is that ur argument? How do u know that pictures was taken in 1973 and not earlier than that.

But as I said earlier, if he is indeed not guilty of the crime he is accused of then he will be freed in no time.

Now let the judges to decide that.
well I used IF ,,,,,,, I think you missed that...…. I also said tooth analysis you missed that too.... And I also asked question about BD law and age...… But you did not answered ……..
And yes let tribunal decide ……. He is US citizen …… No issue with us...…..
 

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well I used IF ,,,,,,, I think you missed that...…. I also said tooth analysis you missed that too.... And I also asked question about BD law and age...… But you did not answered ……..
And yes let tribunal decide ……. He is US citizen …… No issue with us...…..

According to Bangladesh penal code Life imprisonment is the maximum punishment one can get if he was underaged during the time he committed the crime. Hence, if that guy can prove that he was 14/15 in 71 he will not get death penalty.
 

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