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Tribunal indicts Maulana Yousuf on 13 war crime charges; trial to begin on 5th September
Thursday, 01 August 2013
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 in Dhaka framed war crimes charges against Nayeb-e-Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and veteran religious scholar Maulana AKM Yusuf today. The formal trial against AKM Yusuf will begin on September 5 with opening statement of the prosecution, Justice Obaidul Hassan, chairman of the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-2, announced after indicting the Jamaat leader.
 Maulana Yousuf, a man of 87 years is now in custody. The Jamaat leader pleaded not guilty after the chairman of the tribunal read out the charges against him.
The ICT-2 however did not reject the bail petition of Maulana Yusuf submitted on July 18 on health ground.
The tribunal kept the petition in record so that it could consider the issue, the judge said.
On May 8, the prosecution pressed 15 war crimes charges against the Jamaat leader.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on May 12 took the charges into cognisance and ordered law enforcers to arrest the war crimes suspect.
The case was later transferred to the tribunal-2 following a petition by the prosecution.
On July 14, the prosecution placed their submission and appealed to the court to frame charges against Maulana AKM Yusuf.