will supervise the whole process of trial. BDR persons who allegedly took part
in the rebellion on February 25 and 26 at Peelkhana Headquarters and other
places would be tried at the courts," he told journalists at his
Secretariat office on Wednesday.
The Law Minister, who is also in charge of the Ministry of Justice and
Parliamentary Affairs, said the BDR personnel who were allegedly involved in
the killings, arson and other heinous crimes during the mutiny would be tried
under the Penal Code. Their trial would be held at Speedy Trial Courts.
The courts would finish the trial process within 135 days, he said.
Replying to a query when the Speedy Trial Court would be able to start its
functions, the Law Minister said, "The courts could start their functions
after the submission of charge sheets by the Criminal Investigation Department
Under the BDR Act the highest punishment is up to seven years, he said.
Asked how far the trial could be 'fair and transparent' since the DG of BDR is
to supervise the trial process, he said, the alleged BDR mutineers would be
able to defend themselves by appointing their own lawyers. Besides, ten lawyers
would assist the courts.