The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday asked the inspector general of police (IGP) and Mymensingh police superintendent to explain the police’s failure to inform the tribunal about the death of a fugitive war crimes suspect before pressing charges against him.
The tribunal in its order stated that police’s “gross negligence” led the tribunal to indict Wazuddin of Mymensingh’s Fulbaria in a war crimes case.
According to Wazuddin’s family, he died on May 7, 2016 at the age of 70. He was buried at Briddananda village under Fulbaria upazila. They informed local union parisad Kaladoho chairman and the chairman handed over the death certificate to police. Fulbaria police station OC Rifat Khan Rajib forwarded the death certificate to the district police’s head office.
The ICT asked the Mymensingh SP to appear before the court in person on February 16 while IGP will have to submit his explanation within the same date.
The two-member tribunal led by Justice Shahinur Islam passed the order after the prosecution placed a petition urging it to summon the IGP, SP and officer-in-charge of Fulbaria police station.
The prosecution also urged to frame fresh charges in the case.
During the hearing, prosecutor Rana Dasgupta argued before the court that the police showed negligence in discharging their duties.
The SP was informed by Fulbaria police about Wazuddin’s death in August and he was given a reminder again by local police in December. The SP, however, did not inform the matter to the tribunal until January 12.
On January 12, ICT came down heavily on it’s prosecution team and investigation wing as charges were framed against the dead war crimes suspect. It had asked the prosecution to look into the matter and collect information about the deceased Md Wazuddin.
The order was passed after a news report aired by a private satellite television channel drew their attention.
On December 11, 2016 charges were framed against Wazuddin, showing him absconding and the tribunal asked to start trial appointing a state defence counsel for Wazudin on government’s expense. Another accused in the case Md Reaz Uddin Fakir was already in custody.