We have some developments in the trial of war criminals in Bangladesh. According to reports, the formulation of rules of procedures for International Crimes Tribunal’s investigation agency and prosecution panel has been completed. The rules are flexible as the tribunal registrar said that the tribunal can revise, change, add to and deduct from the rules if it felt there was any need in future.
The Daily Star has some detailed analysis on the procedures of the tribunal:
The three-member tribunal, instituted under International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973, can try a person in his presence or absence.
The judges will take cognizance of an offense after examining the formal charge, investigation report, documents and evidence submitted by a prosecutor.
They may dismiss a case if they deem the evidence is not authentic or strong enough to warrant a trial.
The Rules Of Procedures 2010 were published in a government gazette on July 15, 2010. You can download it from here.