At least three heavyweight war criminals, now faces charges of committing such crimes during the war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971, may be hanged to death during the first hour of December 16 this year. Some of the influential members of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League feel that such execution of the war criminals during the first hour of December 16 would greatly inspire the pro-independence forces in the country, which would be a huge political plus point for Bangladesh Awami League during the next general election. At the same time, top brasses in the government and the ruling party are determined in hanging of the convicted war criminals latest on the first hour of December 16 next year as that would be the last victory day celebration under the current government, for this term. Seeking anonymity an influential leader of Bangladesh Awami League said, “We are taking all out preparations for the execution of at least 2-3 heavyweight war criminals either on December 16 this year or latest by next year”.
It said, “The night war criminals will be hanged to death, Awami League leaders and activists around the country will start massive celebration in a jubilant mood chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogans as well as cultural performances. On the day of their execution, Awami League leaders and activists will be active in mobilizing the entire nation in celebrating the death of the war criminals”.
It further said, following execution of the death penalty of the war criminals, their burials will be confronted in every part of the country. “They betrayed with Bangladesh and it is impossible for the people of this country to allow their dead bodies to be buried in Bangladesh”, the source said.
Meanwhile some more suspected war criminals may be booked by the mid April this year, as the second International Crimes Tribunal was constituted with Justice ATM Fazle Kabir as its chairman. The other two members are Justice Obaidul Hassan and Judge M. Shahinur Islam. On the opening day, prosecutor Syed Haider Ali submitted an application before the tribunal under section 9  of the ICT rules of procedure seeking issuance of arrest warrant against war crimes suspect Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar of Faridpur as asked by the Investigation Officer for ‘effective and proper’ investigation.
The trial of crimes against humanity would get a momentum following setting up of the second tribunal, experts have said. It would expedite the trial process of crimes against humanity committed by the people belonging to the auxiliary forces like Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams during the liberation war in 1971. The investigation agency has so far received 400 complaints of crimes against humanity.