Trial of Bangla war criminals likely to begin in May
The trial of 'some identified persons' responsible for war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War would start next month, with investigators likely to provide information to prosecutors to start the long-awaited trial.world Updated: Apr 26, 2010 12:03 IST
The trial of 'some identified persons' responsible for war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War would start next month, with investigators likely to provide information to prosecutors to start the long-awaited trial.
They have already collected relevant information on some perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the Liberation
War and are likely to provide prosecutors reports on allegations against some identified criminals by next month.
This was stated by Chief investigator Abdul Matin to the government at an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday.
A three-member tribunal has been formed, and a seven-member investigation agency and 12-member prosecution team
appointed on March 25 as part of efforts to start the trial.
The prosecution team will scrutinise the documents after receiving them from the investigators, and place those as
cases before the tribunal, a prosecutor present at the meeting said.
After the meeting, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told reporters at his office in Bangladesh Secretariat that the
trial of "some identified persons" would be started in May this year.
On completion of the investigation, a list of criminals will be published through issuing a notification, he added.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun, who attended the meeting, said none of the alleged war criminals will be allowed to
leave the country.
The criminals, who have already fled, will be brought back to the country to put them on trial, she added.
State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam, State Minister for Home Shamsul Huq Tuku and Chief Prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu, among others, were present at the meeting.