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>Govt announces tribunal, investigation agency, prosecution unit to try genocide, crimes against humanity, peace

ON the eve of the anniversary of the genocide committed by Pakistan occupation forces in 1971, the government today announced the tribunal, investigation agency and prosecution team for trying war criminals of the Liberation War, reports The Daily Star.

The landmark announcement came just seven hours before the moment the massacre was committed on the black night of March 25, 1971.

In a packed conference room of the home ministry at 4:00pm, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed declared formation of a three-member tribunal, seven-member investigation agency and a 12-member prosecution team to hold the trial under the country’s own law, International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

Trial of war criminals has long been a demand of the nation and the Awami League promised in its election manifesto to meet that demand.

The investigating agency may kick off investigation from now and even arrest accused war criminals and confiscate their properties in the interest of investigation upon the tribunal’s permission. The trial will begin on completion of the investigation, said Shafique.

If any specific evidence is found that a person committed the offence, the trial and investigation will continue simultaneously, he added.

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