Why delay in producing them
International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday sought an explanation from the inspector general of police and Habiganj's superintendent of police by February 18 on why two brothers suspected of war crimes were not produced before it within 24 hours of their arrest as per the country's laws.
Sending the two suspects to jail, the three-member tribunal also fixed the date for hearing of bail prayers and submission of the investigation's progress report.
Mahibur Rahman Boro Mian, 70, former chairman of Baniachong upazila's Khagaura Union Parishad, and Majibur Rahman Angur Mian, 65, the present one, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon at Nabiganj upazila's Imambari in compliance with the tribunal's warrants.
Investigators say they have evidence of the duo's alleged involvement in the killing of two freedom fighters, Akal Ali and Rajab Ali, during the 1971 Liberation War.
Meanwhile, the tribunal-1 fixed March 1 to pass an order on whether war crimes suspect Sakhawat Hossain would be granted bail after the defence reasoned his cancer treatment while prosecutors argued it could be provided in custody.
Now involved with Jatiya Party, Sakhawat, arrested at Dhaka's Uttar Khan on November 29, 2014, was a central committee member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, Jamaat-e-Islami's student body in 1971, say locals and investigators.
They add that he joined the Razakar Bahini, the Pakistani occupation army's auxiliary force, during the Liberation War and was the in-charge of Hisladanga Razakar camp of Jessore's Keshabpur.