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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Now Bangladesh govt. to appoint prosecutors and probe agency to try war crimes by June

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 06 May, ( Bangladesh Law minister barrister Shafique Ahmed on Tuesday said the long-expected appointment of prosecutors and investigating officers to try the war criminals will be done by June 30.

Talking to reporters at Secretariat the minister said the government is taking time for the war crime trial in order to ensure international standard so that no chance was left to doubt the fairness of the trial.

Earlier, on April 20 the government postponed the scheduled announcement of the appointment of the war crime probe agency for which the government said the team for probe agency and prosecutors was not yet completed.

The home and law ministries in a joint press conference were supposed to announce the appointment on the day. But on that day another cause was show by the government, for delaying the announcement, that the law minister went abroad then to join a conference in Tehran and everything will be completed after he returned home.

At least a couple of ministers of the government including the law ministers said that there was no pressure from home or abroad for not to run the war crime trial.

The UNDP representative in Bangladesh, after having a meeting with ministers concerned, has already assured of providing assistance to Bangladesh to try the war criminals in line with the international practices.

Earlier Law minister Shafique Ahmed said the trial process hopefully would be completed by December 16, the victory day of Bangladesh.

The present Awami League grand alliance government in its election manifesto pledged to try the war criminals, who committed crimes during the war of independence of Bangladesh, if voted to take the office.

Now, after taking office on January 6 the present government has assured people of trying the war criminals in due process.

-Asian Tribune-

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