The verdict would be delivered in absentia as Jabbar has been absconding since the trial started.

The charges against Jabbar include the killings of 36 people, forced conversion of 200 Hindus, looting 557 houses and arson during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 led by Justice Enayetur Rahim finished the trial proceedings in absentia on Wednesday last week.

The ICT is a specially constituted court set up to prosecute those who committed war crimes during Bangladesh's War of Independence. The tribunal had earlier declared Jabbar an absconder and appointed Supreme Court lawyer Abul Hasan as his counsel.

On May 11, the prosecution pressed charges against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker and investigations into his alleged crimes started on May 19 last year.

According to the investigators, the 80-year-old engineer is now in the US.

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