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2nd ICT starts functioning
DHAKA, March 25 (BSS) - The 2nd International Crimes Tribunal began its functioning as prosecution sought orders for arresting 1971 war crimes suspect Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu.

"The (new) tribunal ordered us to submit a progress report on investigations against the suspect by April 2" as its order for Bachhu's arrest was sought," a prosecution lawyer said.

The prosecution said being an activist of Islami Chhatra Sangha and active collaborator of Pakistani forces Bachchu had killed innocent people, looted their valuables and raped a number of women at three villages of Faridpur, his hometown.

Bachchu was the in-charge of Al-Badr and established a militia camp in Faridpur on April 21, 1971 and extended hands to the occupation forces for committing crimes in different areas of Faridpur district including district headquarters in 1971.

Ahead of entering the main proceedings, chairman of the three- member tribunal Justice ATM Fazle Kabir sought cooperation of the concerned in conducting smoothly its functions.

The government earlier this week constituted the second International Crimes Tribunal to try the perpetrators of crimes
against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

A High Court division judge, who was one of the members of the first three-member tribunal, was made the chairman of the second tribunal with High Court division judge Justice Obaidul Hassan and registrar of the present tribunal Shahinur Islam being its two other members.
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