International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday asked a sub-inspector of Moheshkhali police station in Cox’s Bazar to appear before it on November 26 to explain why he misled the court by placing a report showing a dead war crimes suspect from Maheshkhali, Abdul Majid, as absconding.
The tribunal, led by Justice Md Shahinul Islam, summoned sub-inspector Zahirul Huq to appear in person on the day and directed the Cox’s Bazar superintendent of police and Maheshkhali police station officer-in-charge to submit their written explanations about their negligence over the issue, prosecutor Rezia Sultana Chamon told New Age.
She said that the tribunal also asked the inspector general of police to formulate guidelines on execution of the warrants of arrests in war crimes cases.
This is the second time that the cops showed dead war crimes suspects as absconding.
Majid died of old-age complications at his village home at the age of 85 on December 22, 2016 and the tribunal, the prosecution and investigation agency were unaware of his death until May 25 when a defence lawyer informed the tribunal of the matter, according to the prosecution.
On July 13, the prosecution prayed to the tribunal to take legal action against the police officials responsible for their negligence.
On January 31, the ICT-1 summoned the Mymensingh SP for showing absconding war crimes accused Waz Uddin of Phulbaria upazila in Mymensingh absconding. Though the accused died on May 7, 2016 it came to light after media on January 11 when media reported his indictment on December 11, 2016, around seven months after his death.
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