The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Thursday took six charges of crimes against humanity among many others against alleged Razakar duo from Kishoreganj, Syed Mohammad Hossain, 64, and Moslem Prodhan, 66, into cognizance.
Justice Anwarul Haque, chairman of the three-member panel of the ICT-1 passed the order and set February 15 for holding hearing on charges against them.
Earlier on December 3, 2014, the prosecution brought these charges against them. It was the first time that charges of war crimes and violating Geneva Convention of 1949, alongside charges of crimes against humanity and genocide had been brought against any accused in this tribunal.
One charge said, following the order of Hossain, Moslem along with four or five Razakars detained unarmed Freedom Fighter Abdul Malek from his house on October 19, 1971.
They took him in front of the house of one Debendra Chandra Nath and Moslem shot him dead.According to the prosecution, the freedom fighter should be considered a prisoner of war.
On July 7, now defunct ICT-2 issued arrest warrant against the duo. Police arrested Moslem the next day from his home in village Kamarhati under Nikli upazila of Kishoreganj. But Hossain is still at large and believed to be in Malaysia.
Hossain is the younger brother of death-row-convict Syed Md Hassan alias Hachen Ali, who was sentenced to death in his absence by the ICT-1 on June 9 for his heinous crimes against humanity in 1971, according to BSS. - Idrak