The Parliament passed the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 2009 on
Thursday , amending the existing Tribunal Act from 1973.
With the new provisions, a political party that actively opposed the struggle for Bangladeshi liberation can be tried.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed commented that he hoped that war crime trials will commence within the month. He said that the previous law allowed for the trying of â€œindividuals and groups of individuals,expanding the scope from just the armed forces and associate forces.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty expressed concern that the trials conform to international standards for war crime tribunals and not become politicized.
Amir Khasru has more details in his report.