Publish ad for Khokon Razakar appearance: ICT

REF:  International Crimes Tribunal-1 directed the authorities to publish advertisement in national dailies asking fugitive Faridpur BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon, alias Khokon Razakar to appear in the dock in connection with the cases field for wartime crimes against humanity.
The tribunal also asked him to appear before it by August 14 after publishing the advertisement in two national dailies- The dainik Janakantha and The daily Star.

The three-member tribunal led-by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir passed the order.

Prosecutor Mokhlesur Rahman Badal said, “The tribunal also asked authities concerned to publish advertisement in two national dailies- The dainik Janakantha and The daily Star- asking Khokon Razakar to appear before it by August 14.”

Otherwise, the tribunal will pass order to start indictment hearing in absence of him, he added.

TCT-1 has issued arrest warrant against Khokon Razakar for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during Liberation War in 1971.

The tribunal also fixed July 30 for indictment hearing after taking charge against him into cognizance.

A total of 11 charges, including murder, genocide, arson, rape, loot and forcible religious conversion were brought against Khokan.

The BNP leader has gone into hiding since the war crimes investigators started their probe.

According to the allegations, Zahid Hossain alias Khokon Razakar was a collaborator of the Pakistan army during liberation war.

Khokon Razakar was key aide of convicted Bacchu Razakar for war crimes. Khokon Razakar had campaigned for Jamaat-e-Islami in the 1970 national election.

After independence, he joined the BNP and was elected mayor to the Nagarkanda Municipality and was absconding since taking oath.

On June 23, the prosecution submitted the charges to registrar of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1.

They also sought tribunal order in issuing arrest warrant against him.

On Apr 16, ICT investigator Satya Ranjan Roy began investigations into the allegations against him. He recorded testimony of 78 people during the investigation. Some 50 people were made state witness in the case.

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