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ICT asks for probe report on war crimes-suspect Taher

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Court Correspondent
The International Crimes Tribunal on Sunday asked the prosecution to submit on October 28 the investigation report on detained war crimes accused Obaidul Huq alias Abu Taher of Netrakona.
The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, set the date after going through the progress report of the investigation agency on war crimes accused Taher and another.
While submitting the progress report, designated prosecutor Mukhlesur Rahman Badal sought time for two months to complete the investigation as the assigned investigator during the inquiry has already interrogated 28 prosecution witnesses in connection with the case.
According to the prosecution, the investigation agency started investigation on June 6, 2013.
After hearing the prosecutor, the tribunal fixed the deadline for submission of the investigation report.
Besides, advocate Tajul Islam, the counsel for Taher, who was produced in the dock, moved a petition seeking bail of his client saying the accused is ready to comply with any terms and conditions set by the tribunal if the bail is granted.
Opposing the bail plea, prosecutor Mukhlesur Rahman Badal told the tribunal that the ongoing investigation process might be marred if the accused is enlarged on bail as he holds influence in his locality.
As the tribunal hinted at unwillingness to grant bail at this stage, Tajul, instead of withdrawing it, made a plea for keeping the bail petition with the case record and the tribunal agreed to.
According to the prosecution, the accused -- Taher and Ataur Rahman alias Noni -- 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, the magistrate forwarded the case to the International Crimes Tribunals for order.