War crime probe agency gets 3 new members | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 02, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 02, 2010

War crime probe agency gets 3 new members

The government yesterday appointed three new officials to the war crimes investigation agency to speed up the probe into the crimes against humanity committed during the liberation war in 1971.
The appointees are ASM Akhtaruzzaman, additional police super (current charge) of Police Staff College, Mirpur, M Helaluddin, assistant police super of CID, and M Obaed Ullah, inspector of CID.
"We have appointed the three officials to accelerate the investigation into the war crimes," said Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder.
Sobhan added that the appointments have been given after checking their background, skills and competencies.
With the appointment of the three, the number of personnel stands at nine in the agency.
Appointment of 10 other investigators is in the pipeline to give the investigation a new momentum, the Secretary told The Daily Star.
The total number of investigators will be about 18 to 20 finally, Sobhan said.
Earlier, the head of the investigation agency Abdul Matin resigned over his controversial affiliation with Islami Chhatra Shangha during his student life.
On March 25, ahead of the Independence and National Day, the government announced a three-member tribunal, a seven-member Investigation Agency and a 12-member Prosecution Cell.
The home secretary said, "We will very soon declare the names of 10 more officials and their appointments are almost finalised."
Home ministry officials said at least five separate investigation teams with an assistant superintendent of police as its head and two other inspectors will be formed to quickly start the probe into the war crimes in the field level.

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