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ICT-1 sets March 28 for formal charge against 14 Bagerhat Razakars

DHAKA, Feb 6, 2017 (BSS) - The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 today set March 28 for filing formal charge in the crimes against humanity case against 14 alleged Razakars from Bagerhat.

"The two-member tribunal headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam set the date accepting a time plea from the prosecution," said prosecutor Sabina Yesmin Khan Munni.

Earlier on January 22, the ICT probe body finalized its report against these 14, bringing seven charges of crimes against humanity including genocide, murder and rape.

The 14 accused are Khan Ashraf Ali, 65, Khan Akram Hossain, 60, Sultan Ali Khan, 68, Rustam Ali Mollah, 70, Idris Ali Mollah, 64, Moksed Ali Didar, 83, Sheikh Ukil Ali, 62, Sheikh Idris Ali, 61, Sheikh Rafikul Islam alias Babul, 64, Moniruzzaman Hawlader, 69, Hashem Ali Sheikh, 79, Azhar Ali Shikder, 64, Mokbul Mollah, 79, and Abdul Ali Mollah, 65.

Of the 14, Akram, Ukil, Idris, Mokbul and Ali are in jail right now. Meanwhile, advocate Gazi MH Tamim today submitted vakalatnama for defending Akram and Ukil before the court.

According to the investigation agency, all the accused in the case were supporters of Muslim League and subsequently joined local Razakar Bahini. Apart from Azhar, all other accused also involved with the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami.

The accused carried out monstrous crimes in Kochua and Morelganj area in Bagerhat in 1971. The ICT-1 on July 16, 2015, issued warrant to arrest the accused.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)