Bangladesh will launch the trial of the rebellious BDR paramilitary personnel next month, with the setting up of a three-member court, a news report said today.
The Awami League-led government will launch the trial of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers in November, with chief of the paramilitary border guards heading a three-member court that is to sit in Dhaka and 40 other places, The Daily Star newspaper said.
Major General M Mainul Islam, BDR Director General and two other BDR officers would comprise the court, which was set to try around 4,000 soldiers for the February 25-26 mutiny, which led to the massacre of 67 army officers serving the border force on deputation, the daily said, quoting unidentified officials.
"There is no timeframe to complete the trial, but definitely we would try to do justice as quickly as possible ensuring the rights of the accused," the report said, quoting the official familiar with the process.
It would be an "open trial" and to ensure its transparency and a accountability the people concerned would be allowed to observe the court proceedings.
There was no official comments on the report but the report came more than a week after the government decided to try the suspected massacre culprits under the fast track 'Speedy Trial Tribunal'.