Osman Faruk under probe over crimes against humanity
05 May 2016, Nirapad News: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) is going to launch an investigation against former education minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia`s adviser Dr Osman Faruk over crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Chief Coordinator of the ICT’s investigation agency Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan was quoed by a Bangladesh news agency as saying this at a press briefing at his Dhanmondi office in Dhaka City on Wednesday,
The investigation wing has primarily gathered information about whether the BNP leader had been involved in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Its Senior Coordinator Sanaul Haque said primary investigations found that Osman Faruk and 10 other teachers of Bangladesh Agricultural University Mymensingh had collaborated with the Pakistan army. They had a torture cell.
Besides, the investigation agency has finalised eight counts of specific charges of crimes against humanity against 13 alleged Razakars of Patuakhali, Jamalpur and Mymensingh.
Investigations against them have been completed, said Khan.
Of the 13 war crimes suspects, eight, from Mymensingh and Jamalpur, are accused in a case.
They are Mohammad Rezaul Karim, ABM Yunus Ali, Mohammad Yusuf Ali, Mohammad Omar Faruk, Mohammad Nasiruddin, Mohammad Ismael, AKM Belayet Hossain and Mohammad Kazi Badruzzaman.
The five otthers, from Patuakhali, are accused in another case.
They are Mohammad Ishaq Shikder, Abdul Goni, Mohammad Awal, Mohammad Abdul Sattar Peda and Solaiman Mridha.
Khan added that, out of them, five suspects from Patuakhali and four from Jamalpur and Mymensingh are now in police custody.
About the investigation report against them, he said it will soon be submitted to the prosecution, which will then prepare formal charges base on this report.
The Chief Coordinator said the probe agency investigated different allegations against them, including kidnap, torture, rape, looting, arson, killing and mass killing during the Liberation War.