The international Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Tuesday framed six charges of crimes against humanity against fugitive Syed Hasan Ali for his crimes committed during the Liberation War in Tarail area of Kishoreganj.
Trial against the accused will begin in absentia on December 7 through an opening statement by the prosecution.
Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member tribunal, rejected the discharge plea made by the state-appointed defence counsel.
According to the prosecution, the investigator has found Hachen's involvement in some war crimes like murder, loot, arson, torture, deportation and genocide at Tarail in Kishoreganj and the proof of his collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces as a member of its auxiliary outfit Razakar during the Liberation War in 1971. The tribunal on April 3 issued warrant for arrest of Hasan, but the law enforcing agencies are yet to arrest him.
Meanwhile, the ICT-1 on Tuesday censured prosecutor Abul Kalam for submitting without proper scrutiny the formal charges made against Hasan.
Citing a few examples drawn from the formal charges, the tribunal said it has detected contradictory figures and information in the formal charges as submitted by the prosecution.
"The legal profession is not so easy, though it is a noble one," observed the tribunal, pointing to prosecutor Kalam.
Earlier on October 22, the tribunal was critical of the ICT investigator as it found lack of sincerity in collecting proper documents in support of the charges made against war crimes accused Hasan.