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Hearing against 19 Maheshkhali war criminals adjourned till Feb 15

DHAKA, Jan 4, 2017 (BSS)-The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 today adjourned hearing in the crimes against humanity case against 19 alleged war criminals from Maheshkhali, Cox's Bazar, till February 15.

"The tribunal had sought report from police on the current location of one accused in the case, OC Shamsul Haque. The Cox's Bazar police are yet to submit the report. Accepting a plea of the prosecution, the two-member tribunal has asked the superintendant of Cox's Bazar police to submit the report," prosecutor Rezia Sultana Cheman told BSS.

The 19 accused are Salamat Ullah Khan, 77, Moulavi Zakaria Sikdar, 78, Md Rashid Miah, 83, Oli Ahmad, 58, Jalal Uddin alias Jalal Ahmed, 63, Moulavi Nurul Islam, 61, Md Saiful alias Sabul, 53, Momtaz Ahmed, 60, Habibur Rahman alias Habib Munshi, 70, Moulavi Amjad Ali, 70, Abdul Majid, 85, Badsha Mia, 73, Osman Gani, 61, Abdus Shukkur, 65, Md Zakaria, 58, Md Jinnah alias Jinnat Ali, 58, Moulavi Jalal, 75, Abdul Aziz, 68, and OC Shamsul Haque.

Of them Salamat, Rashid, Nurul Islam, Badsha, Osman Gani and Jinnat Ali were arrested. Except Rashid all are in jail now. Rashid is now on bail.

Earlier on March 15, the prosecution submitted the formal charge-sheet in the case, pressing 12 charges against the accused.

The investigation agency of the ICT while probing the crimes committed by Cox's Bazar Razakar kingpins Salamat, Rashid and Zakaria, found the involvement of another 16 people with the crimes against humanity and acting on their plea, the tribunal had issued warrants for their arrest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)