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Law minister: War crimes tribunal restructured

  • Published at 05:48 pm June 29th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:48 pm June 29th, 2018
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Law Minister Anisul Huq, seated, centre, at a press conference at Kasba Upazila Parishad Auditorium in Brahmanbaria on Friday; June 29, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

'The tribunal needed to be restructured and that process was completed several days ago'

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said that the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), responsible for trying the war criminals of 1971, has been restructured and will resume its work next week.

The minister shared the information with reporters before attending an extended meeting of Awami League’s Kasba unit, at Kasba Upazila Parishad Auditorium in Brahmanbaria on Friday afternoon.

He said until recently the tribunal had three judges – two of them were justices from the High Court and the third was retired District and Session’s Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar, who was recently made a High Court justice.

“The tribunal needed to be restructured and that process was completed several days ago. An order in this regard will be issued on Monday and the tribunal will resume work after that,” said the minister.

The current ICT has Justice Md Shahinur Islam as its chairman and Justice Jamadar and Justice Amir Hossain as members.

Bangladesh constituted the first war crimes tribunal on March 25, 2010, to try and punish the war criminals of the 1971 Liberation War, with Justice Nizamul Huq as the chairman.

A second tribunal was constituted in March 2012 to speed up war crimes trials. However, it was placed in abeyance in 2015 after the number of cases had dwindled.