The International Crimes Tribunal has issued an arrest warrant against former BNP lawmaker of Bogra Abdul Momin Talukder Khoka on war crimes charges.
The two-member tribunal issued the warrant on Thursday after holding a hearing on a prosecution petition.
Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon said Momin was the commander of Razakar forces in Adamdighi upazila of Bogra during the 1971 Liberation War. There were allegations of crimes against humanity like mass murders, murders and abductions against him.
He said that the prayer for arrest warrant was lodged for the sake of proper investigation as the former lawmaker and his family was influential in the Adamdighi-Dupchachiya area.
Abdul Momin Talukder was elected lawmaker from Bogra 3 constituency two times. His father Abdul Majid Talukder was lawmaker three times and his brother is now the upazila chairman.
The war crimes case was filed against him in March 2011 by a freedom fighter of Kayetpara village with a local court. The case was forwarded to the International Crimes tribunal.
Tribunal investigation agency started a probe on him in January 2016. The prosecution prayed for his arrest judging that the agency had gathered a substantial amount of evidence.
The case statement said that Momin Talukder's father was the chairman of local peace committee in 1971. Momin used to help his father and the Pakistani military.