Bangladesh bans travel by suspected war criminals

The new government prepared to put them on trial over atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.

Bangladesh bans travel by suspected war criminals
Bangladesh has imposed travel restrictions on people suspected of war crimes, the interior minister said on Friday.

The new government prepared to put them on trial over atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.

Sahara Khatun's statement came a day after parliament unanimously adopted a proposal for speedy trials of war criminals in line with an election pledge by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took power this month.

"My ministry has already ordered concerned authorities to guard all points so that no war criminal can flee the country," Khatun told reporters.

The war criminals include people who opposed the war of independence against Pakistan and helped the Pakistani army "in acts of genocide in what was then East Pakistan" (now Bangladesh).

Around 3 million people were killed during the war at the hands of the Pakistani army and local collaborators, Bangladesh says.

Hasina's father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's founding leader and first president, launched a move for trying the war criminals but it stalled after he was killed in a 1975 army coup.

"All relevant information about the war criminals has already been sent to the respective places," Khatun said.

Hasina has also sought the United Nations' help in holding the trials.

Reuters
Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2009, 12:00
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