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Bangladesh to start trial of war criminals soon

Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 20:15

Dhaka: Bangladesh would start the
much-awaited trial of `war criminals` of the 1971 liberation
movement by early next year, a top government official has

"I can tell you that the process of the trial of the
war criminals would start either in the end of January or in
the beginning of February," Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique
Ahmed said.

Those who killed millions and eliminated the best
Bangali brains at the behest of the then East Pakistan
authorities during the 1971 Liberation War are called `war
criminals` in Bangladesh.

"The first step to start the trial process would be
formation of an investigation agency. It will be announced by
the end of January or beginning of February and then a
prosecution team and a three-member tribunal would be formed
and announced immediately," The Daily Star has quoted Ahmed as

His comments in this regard came on the eve of the
country`s `38th Martyred Intellectuals Day` yesterday and
against the backdrop of criticism for dillydallying policy to
begin the trial.

Meanwhile, the newspaper quoting a highly placed
source in the government said the trial process would start
after execution of the convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman.

Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, in the meantime,
told the newspaper that "the trial process would start soon"
without giving any possible timeframe.


First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 20:15
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