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Charges against 'AL' man Feb 12

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday directed the prosecution to submit on February 12 formal charges against Mobarak Hossain in connection with his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Mobarak, who, according to local politicians, was the organising secretary of a union unit of Awami League in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria for 16 years, appeared before the tribunal yesterday and sought extension of his bail.

The tribunal extended his bail until the filing of formal charges. He had received bail on July 16, 2012.

Prosecutor Sahidur Rahman yesterday told the tribunal that the investigation agency, probing the war crimes allegations against suspects, had submitted its probe report on Mobarak to them but they needed some time to scrutinise and place formal charges.

The three-member Tribunal-1, led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, then fixed February 12 for the submission of formal charge and extended Mobarak's bail.

The investigation agency in its probe found evidence supporting Mobarak's involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity.

Khodeja Begum, whose father was allegedly killed by Mobarak Hossain alias Mobarak Ali, had filed a case with Brahmanbaria court in 2009 which was later transferred to Tribunal-1.

The tribunal had asked the investigation agency to probe the matter.

Meanwhile, Tribunal-1 heard the defence's closing argument in the war crimes case against Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee throughout the day yesterday.

In the morning session, the defence completed their argument on evidence. Defence counsel Abdur Razzaq began the argument on law points in the afternoon session and he would continue on Sunday.

Tribunal-1 on January 3 had fixed five days for rehearing the closing arguments of the case, two days for the prosecution and three days for the defence.

The prosecution had finished within the given time but the defence failed. Yesterday, they finished their forth day placing the closing arguments.

Addressing Razzaq, the Tribunal-1 chairman yesterday said he hoped that the defence counsel would be able to complete the argument by Sunday.

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