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Two indicted in Bangladesh over 1971 war crime

Last Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 19:46

Dhaka: Two leaders of the notorious militia `Al Badr` were indicted in absentia by a Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal on Monday for the alleged massacre of 19 Bengali intellectuals during the country`s liberation war in 1971.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who are currently abroad, have been charged on 11 counts related to the massacre.

Khan is believed to be currently living in New York and Mueen-Uddin in London.

`Al Badr` was tasked by the Pakistani military junta with extermination of the Bengali intellengsia they saw as the `brain` behind the uprising.

Up to three million people were killed in the liberation war, according to official record.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 also set July 15 for opening statement in the case and examination of prosecution witnessess, The Daily Star newspaper reported.

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan asked the state appointed defence counsels to submit a list of defence witness and other documents if they have any by the date.


First Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 19:46

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