The International Crimes Tribunal on Tuesday indicted three "Razakar" brothers of Habiganj for committing crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
The trio includes Muhibur Rahman alias Barha Mia, his younger brother Mujibur Rahman alias Angur Mia and their cousin Abdur Razzak of Baniachang Upazila of the district.
The accused were charged for killing two freedom fighters, raping two women, confinement and torture of an unarmed civilian, and arson and looting of the house of Maj Gen MA Rob, the Liberation War's deputy commander-in-chief. The accused pleaded not guilty as the three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Anwarul Haque read out the charges to them. The tribunal then framed charges against them and set October 21 for starting their trial with the submission of an opening statement by the prosecution and recording statement of prosecution witnesses. The tribunal asked the prosecution to supply copies all documents, they intend to rely upon, to the defence before the date.
It also directed the defence counsels to submit their documents and list of defence witness, if they have any, on or before the date. On May 17, the prosecution pressed charges against the trio who were members of the Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan army during the war.
Barha Mia, 65, is a former chairman of Khagaurha Union in Baniachang, and Angur Mia, 60, is the Union's current chairman. The investigation into the allegations against these two had started on Feb 11 last year and was finished by April 28 this year.
Wife of Freedom Fighter Akal Mia, Bhingraj Bibi, in 2009 filed the war crimes case accusing six, including the trio at the Habiganj Judicial Magistrate's Court. It was later transferred to the war crimes tribunal.