Dhaka – The police chief of northern Mymensingh district on Thursday sought unconditional apology for negligence of duty that led a special court to indict a fugitive war crimes suspect, official said.
Superintendent of police Syed Nurul Islam made his apology plea through lawyer before the International Crimes Tribunal that deals with crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of liberation with Pakistan.
The court earlier pressed charges against a person accused in the war crimes as the court did not know that the man was died by this time.
Earlier on 31 January, the court summoned the police chief to explain his ‘gross negligence’ as to why he did not inform the tribunal about the death of a fugitive war crimes suspect, Wajuddin Fakir, timely.
The court also asked Islam to appear before it on February 16.
The ICT also asked the Inspector General of Police to submit a written explanation about the matter before the tribunal.
War crimes suspect Wajuddin Fakir, who hailed from Phulbaria of the district, was on the run for a long time.
Fakir died on 7 May, 2016 but the district police boss informed the tribunal about Wajuddin’s death a month later when investigators pressed charges against him showing him a fugitive accused on December 11, 2016.
The prosecution filed a petition on January 19 with the court to drop Wajuddin‘s name and take legal steps against those who showed negligence in informing the death news in time.
The case was lodged by Khorshed Ali, son of martyred Taleb Mandal, a freedom fighter of Bhalukjan village in Phulbaria sub-district against three war crimes suspects, including Wajuddin.
Amzad, Riaz Uddin and Wajuddin were charged committing crimes against humanity, including mass killing, torturing, looting and rape during the 1971 Liberation War as per the case statement.