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ICT sends Taher, Noni to jail

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Court Correspondent

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday sent the two captured war-crimes suspects -- Obaidul Huq alias Abu Taher and Ataur Rahman alias Noni -- to jail after the prosecution produced them before it.

As the designated prosecutor, Mukhlesur Rahman Badal told the three-member tribunal that in compliance with the tribunal’s order following a prosecution plea, police arrested the two war-crimes suspects -- Taher, 63, son of late Maulana Manjurul Huq, and Noni, 61, son of late Ahsan Ali Muktar -- from separate areas at Muktar Para in Netrakona town on Tuesday.

Interrupting the prosecutor, the tribunal asked him about the progress on the investigation into the allegations of war crimes against the accused.

In reply, the prosecutor, referring to the ICTs investigation agency, informed the tribunal that the investigation continues. Meanwhile, some specific war crimes allegations have been found against the accused, he said.

“The prosecution will be able to submit soon before it the inclusive report after completing the investigation,” said Badal, adding that the investigation agency started investigation on June 6, 2013.

Issuing the order putting the accused behind the bars, the tribunal asked the prosecution to submit the progress report on investigation on September 14.

According to the prosecution, the arrested persons allegedly killed Badiuzzaman Mukta, a valiant freedom fighter, during the Liberation War in October, 1971.

A nephew of the martyred freedom fighter filed a case in 2010 with the judicial magistrate court of Netrakona accusing 12 anti-liberation forces including Taher and Noni. After recording initial statement of the complainant Ali Raza Kanchan, the magistrate forwarded the case to the International Crimes Tribunals for order.

A day before on Tuesday, police captured the accused hours after the tribunal issued warrant for their arrest following a prosecution plea as it apprehends that they might flee to evade justice and try to manipulate the proposed witnesses as influential persons not to provide evidence against them.