Taking cognisance of the charges of crimes against humanity perpetrated by Al Badr operators Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan during the 1971 Liberation war, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday issued warrants for the arrest of the duo fugitives.Since Bangladesh’s independence, war crimes accused Mueen Uddin has been living in London while Ashrfuzzaman in the USA, according to the prosecution.
Passing the orders, the tribunal asked the law enforcers to comply with it and report on compliance on May 12.
The prosecution submitted the formal charges against the two operators of Al Badr, the vigilante group of Jamaat-e-Islami created from its student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS) during the Liberation War in a bid to eliminate the pro-liberation, innocent and unarmed people of occupied Bangladesh. They had also hatched a conspiracy in collaboration with the Pakistan junta to eliminate the intellectuals before the birth of a new nation.
Accused Mueen and Ashraf face 16 counts of charges of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War under the updated section 3 (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
They have also been charged with killing intellectuals, Dhaka University teachers, journalists and doctors at the fag end of the War of Liberation in 1971. The other charges include abduction, confinement and torture.UNB