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Submit charges against Mobarak on February 25

Tribunal asks prosecution

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday asked the prosecution to submit formal charges against “Awami Leaguer” Mobarak Hossain in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

Mobarak, according to local politicians, was the organising secretary of a union unit of Awami League of Akhaura upazila in Brahmanbaria for 16 years.

Fixing February 25 for submission of charges, the tribunal, led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, yesterday extended Mobarak's bail until that day.

The suspect, who has been on bail since July 16 last year, appeared before the tribunal yesterday seeking bail extension.

On January 24, Tribunal-1 directed the prosecution to submit the formal charges against Mobarak yesterday.

But as the court began proceedings yesterday morning, Prosecutor Sahidur Rahman said the investigators submitted the probe report and they needed seven more days to prepare the formal charges against the suspect.

Justice Kabir asked the prosecutor to say the date according to their convenience as the tribunal would not allow more time for this.

The prosecutor repeated that they needed seven days. The tribunal then gave the prosecution 13 more days to file the charges.

The investigation agency in its probe found evidence that Mobarak was involved in genocide and crimes against humanity during the war in 1971.

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.

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