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.