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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2587

Bangladesh govt. to start process to try war criminals this month

By M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 05 April (Asiantribune.com): Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed on Saturday said the government will start this month the process to try the suspected war criminals of the country's Liberation War in 1971.

The government will meet an UNDP delegation today (Sunday) in this regard to discuss on how the United Nations can assist Bangladesh to run the trial of war criminals.

"The government will welcome the assistances of the international community in trying the war criminals," the law minister said at a scholarship awarding ceremony in Dhaka.

He said the government wants to complete the trial in a transparent way. He also informed that government would request UNDP to send international observers to make the trial transparent.

An inquiry under the home ministry would be conducted and after the inquiry a three-member tribunal with justices of High Court will be formed to try the suspected war criminals, the minister said.
Shafique Ahmed said the students cannot get real history of the Liberation War since the name of the Rajakars, al- Badars and al-Shams, who played role against the independence of the country during the war in association with the Pakistani occupying forces, are not written in the history.

The students should be taught non-communal education for establishing spirit of the Liberation War and the democracy of the country. The present government is sincere to develop the education quality, the minister added.

- Asian Tribune -

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