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Spl tribunal soon to try fake FFs
Mohosinul Karim
Publish Date : 2014-11-21,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 30
Freedom fighter certificate fraudsters, including the public servants, will soon face the music.
In the wake of recent such forgery by a number of top government officials, the government is considering seriously to bring the culprits to book.
According to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, the persons including public servants who had taken fake freedom fighters certificate by giving false information and the officials involved with issuing fake certificates by taking bribes or any other benefits would be taken to task after completion of identification of the fraudsters.
Such identification process started in September.
"A special tribunal will be set up in two or three months to try the culprits after amending the existing laws as those lack any provision for establishing such tribunal," Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque told the Daily Observer.
The minister added that his ministry is scrutinizing the existing lists of freedom fighters to identify the persons who resorted to fraudulence in obtaining certificates.
 "Cases would be filed against the fake certificate receivers and culprit officials after the scrutiny," Haque said.
Expressing his determination to bring the fraudsters to book, the minister said new law would be enacted to serve the purpose, if necessity arises.
The cases in connection with capturing the assets and properties of freedom fighters that are under trial in separate courts would also be transferred to such special  tribunal to dispose of those quickly, the minister further said.
The ministry data show that there are around 60,000 fake freedom fighters in the existing lists.
Around 2 lakh applicants now await freedom fighter certificates from the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (JAMUKA), a national body for freedom fighters.
According to the ministry, the existing lists show names of around 15,000 officials, which were identified initially as fake. The freedom fighters' council is examining such fake names. Besides, deputy commissioners in different districts and government intelligent agencies check out the authenticity of inclusion of the names of freedom fighters in the lists. Those are being examined following the terms and conditions that JAMUKA set recently.
The ministry had already cancelled around 3,000 fake certificates of freedom fighters. The rest of the fake certificates will also be cancelled shortly.

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