The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday directed its registrar's office to publish advertisement in two national dailies asking three fugitive war crimes accused from Mymensingh to appear before it.
As per the order, the accused have to appear before the tribunal within two weeks after publish of the advertisements in a Bangla and an English newspaper.
Earlier, police submitted a report mentioning them as fugitives. The tribunal fixed March 5 for passing the next order in the case.
The fugitives -- Mohammad Abdus Sattar, Mohammad Fakruzzaman, and Khandakar Golam Rabbani -- are among the eight accused of the case filed for allegedly committing crimes during the Liberation War.
The other five who are in jail are MA Hannan, a Jatiya Party lawmaker from Trishal in Mymensingh; his son Rafique Sajjad, Khandakar Golam Sabbir Ahmed, Mizanur Rahman Mintu, and Hormuj Ali.
The prosecution on October 30 last year pressed six charges against the eight and the tribunal took the charges into cognisance on December 11 last year.
Hannan is the second sitting lawmaker facing the war crime charges. Executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was arrested in December 2010 when he was a lawmaker of BNP, the then opposition in parliament.
Most of the accused were either involved with Muslim League or Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, according to the tribunal investigation agency. Both Muslim League and Jamaat fought against the country's independence.
Later, they got involved in the politics of Jatiya Party and Jamaat, it added.