Arrest warrant against 'Bachchu Razakar'
Arrest warrant against 'Bachchu Razakar' | Bangladesh | bdnews24.com
Tue, Apr 3rd, 2012 11:27 am BdST
Dhaka, Apr 3 (bdnews24.com) – The second war crimes tribunal (ICT-2) on Tuesday ordered arrest of Abul Kalam Azad, popularly known as 'Bachchu Razakar' of Faridpur.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-2) led by Justice A T M Fazle Kabir issued the order after hearing the prosecution's arguments.
Sixty-four-year-old Azad was described as an accomplice of Jamaat-e-Islami's secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed in Faridpur district during the 1971 Liberation War.
Mujaheed is already facing trial for crimes against humanity during the war.
The second ICT started operating on Mar 24 by hearing the petition seeking order to arrest Azad.
Prosecutor Haider Ali presented nine reasons for Bachchu's arrest.
"He and his associates committed crimes against humanity like murder, rape, arson and loot at Faridpur Sadar, Boalmari, Nagarkanda, Madhukhali, Kamarkhali and other areas during the War of Independence," Ali said.
His involvement with the crimes has been proved in preliminary investigation, he added.
"Bachchu is very influential in his area," the prosecutor said. "He runs five nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) there. And he has 'hypnotic power' to tame people through religious lecture like 'waz-nasihat'," he added.
Ali also said witnesses of Bachchu's crimes in Faridpur were being threatened.
After the order, prosecutor Zead-Al-Malum told reporters that Bachchu would have to be produced before the tribunal within 24 hours of his arrest. "The tribunal order has such direction for the DMP (Dhaka Metropolitan Police) commissioner," he added.
Malum also said the tribunal ordered to place all war crimes charges against Bachchu to it.