The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is set to reform the International Crimes Tribunal in a bid to accelerate judicial services.
The ministry has already taken all necessary preparations in this regard, including the appointment of its chairman.
According to law ministry sources, Justice Md Shahinur Islam, a member of the tribunal, has been proposed for the position.
In addition, court sources said Justice Amir Hossain has been proposed as the replacement for Justice Md Suhrawardy, who will be posted to the High Court division of the apex court.
A gazette notification in this regard will be published soon.
Law Minister Annisul Huq said the tribunal chairman’s appointment will be made in no time.
Former chairman of International Crimes Tribunal 1 Justice Anwarul Haque died on July 13 and the other two judges of the tribunal have only fixed new dates for cases.
As per the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973, the tribunal will be comprised of three members – one chairman and two members. In case of the chairman’s absence, the two other members can continue the operation of the tribunal but cannot take cognisance of any verdicts or allegations.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the tribunal’s investigation agency, has expressed resentment over the halt of all judicial activity of the tribunal.
He said: “As of now, more than 30 cases are pending with the tribunal and the cases cannot be moved forward as the chairman is yet to be appointed. No wrong message about the tribunal should be disseminated to the nation and the authorities concerned should keep a close eye on it.”
“The cases have been piling up as the tribunal has lost its pace,”
According to tribunal sources, a total of 33 cases have been pending with tribunal while the number of accused in these cases is 141.
The government formed the International Crimes Tribunal in March 25, 2010, to try the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
To cope with an increasing number of cases, another tribunal termed the International Crimes Tribunal 2 was launched on March 22, 2012, which has not been in operation since the latest reform on September 15, 2015.
This story was first published on banglatribune.com