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War Crime Convicts to be dropped from Voting List in Bangladesh

Bangladesh cabinet approved a law under which names of war-crime convicts will be dropped from the national voting list

Sep 3, 2013 16:13 IST
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The Bangladesh cabinet on 3 September 2013 approved a law under which names of war-crime convicts will be dropped from the national voting list. The cabinet has approved an amendment to the Electoral Roll Act under which war-criminals under the International Crimes Tribunal Act 1973 and the Bangladesh Collaborators Special Tribunal Act 1972 will be defranchised with their names dropped from the National Voters List.

The amendment will be introduced in the forthcoming parliamentary session beginning 12 September 2013.Trial of war crimes have been going on and the two war crimes tribunals have so far convicted six war criminals. The Bangladesh Home Ministry has also received a list of names of 47 collaborators of the Pakistani Army during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

The ICT awarded capital punishment for former Jammat Rokan Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, Nayebe Amir of Jammat E Ismali Delwar Hossain Sayeeede, Jamat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Assistant Secretary General Mohammad Qamruzzaman for their crimes against humanity.

Besides, former Jamat Amir Golam Azam awarded 90 years imprisonment while assistant secretary General Abul Qader Mollah got life term.

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