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B'desh to follow Nuremberg trials model

Bangladesh will follow the post-World War II Nuremberg trials as a model to amend a law under which it wants to try those who collaborated with the erstwhile East Pakistan regime during the 1971 freedom war.

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 00:23 IST

Bangladesh will follow the post-World War II Nuremberg trials as a model to amend a law under which it wants to try those who collaborated with the erstwhile East Pakistan regime during the 1971 freedom war.

The Nuremberg Trials were a series of trials, notably for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military and economic leadership of Nazi Germany after its defeat in World War II and were held in Germany’s Nuremberg city.

Dhaka plans to amend its International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 in the next few days to incorporate a provision for trying war criminals in absentia. Many of the 1971 war criminals are now hiding in different countries and the act does not have the provision to try them in absentia, The Daily Star said Friday.

Armed with a resolution passed by parliament, the government will over the next three weeks appoint a three-member tribunal headed by a high court judge to hold the trials. It has finalised formation of an investigation agency comprising five or seven members to be headed by a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) official.