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Law to be amended to try Jamaat: Anisul

Rtv Online Report
|  09 Jan 2019, 00:00 | Update : 09 Jan 2019, 21:25
Law Minister Anisul Huq said the government will again take steps to amend the law to begin the trial of Jamaat-e-Islami as a war criminal organization.

The draft of the law will be sent to the Cabinet Division with the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

After taking the job of the law minister in the second term on Wednesday, Anisul said this while answering the questions of journalists during the exchange of views with officials and employees of the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Law Ministry.

The steps are now underway to amend the law whether the Jamaat-e-Islami can be brought under trial as a political party, he said.

Anisul said the government has amended the International Criminal Tribunal Act and sent it to the Cabinet Division. Later, it was sent back to the Cabinet Division over legal language issue.

After taking Prime Minister's instructions, the draft of the law will be forwarded to the Cabinet Division for taking its approval.

In the first verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal in 2013, Jamaat's Assistant Secretary General Quader Mollah was awarded life time imprisonment for war crimes committed in 1971 Liberation War.

Soon after the verdict, Ganajagaran Mancha was set up in Shahbagh in the capital demanding the capital punishment for war criminals.

To ban the activities of political parties involved in war crimes was also one of the demands of the platform.

Later, the Parliament passed the bill to amend the International Criminal Tribunal Bill, giving equal opportunities for appeal in the war crimes trial and the opportunity of bringing the party or organization under trial alongside the persons.

Then the initiative of Jamaat's trial was taken as a war criminal party and the investigation team of prosecution completed their investigation.

But what would be the punishment for any group or organization if its involvement in war crimes is proved.

Later, the issue of amending the law was a topic of discussion to determine the sentence for the war criminal organisation.

The government then made certain promises to bring the amendment to the parliament, but it did not happen anymore.

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