The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has taken cognizance of six war crime charges against Syed Md Hussain and Moslem Pradhan, two suspected Razakars of Kishoreganj.
They have been charged with mass killing, murder, abduction, loot, torture and arson committed in Nikli under Kishoreganj during the Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
The three-member Tribunal, headed by Justice Anwarul Haque, issued an order to this effect on Thursday.
Pradhan is in jail while Hussain is in Malaysia.
The court will issue an order on Feb 15 directing the course of action to be taken for Hussain.
Defence lawyer Sattar Palwan told bdnews24.com, "The Tribunal has taken cognizance of six charges levelled by the prosecution against the two."
A complaint was filed against Hussain on Nov 13, 2014 with the ICT. Pradhan’s involvement in the war crimes was found during investigation.
The Tribunal issued arrest warrants for the duo on July 7 last year.
The investigation agency of the Tribunal finalised the six charges against them on Sep 7, 2015 and submitted its report to the special court on Dec 3.
Hailing from Brahmanbarhia, Hussain lived in Kishoreganj during the Liberation War.
Pradhan is a resident of Nikli Upazila in Kishoreganj.
Hussain is the younger brother of Syed Md Hasan alias Hasen Ali, a convicted war criminal now on the run, according to bdnews24.com.