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The International Crimes Tribunal on Thursday directed former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim to appear before it on July 21 in connection with the 1971 crimes against humanity.

It also ordered the prosecution to submit the report on investigation into allegations against him by July 21.

The three-judge panel, headed by its chairman Justice Nizamul Haque, said Alim will remain on bail till further order.

Alim, a member of late president Ziaur Rahman’s cabinet, appeared before the tribunal in the morning in compliance with its order.

Advocate Tajul Islam, counsel for the accused, told the tribunal that his client has been complying with its conditions set with his March 31 bail order.

Tajul said his client has not violated any of the conditions.

Prosecutor Zead Al Malum told the tribunal that the investigators have not submitted any investigation report against Alim. The investigation is in progress, he said.

Earlier on March 31, the tribunal granted conditional bail to Alim considering his old age, sickness and inability to move.

Granting his bail prayer, the court had asked Alim to appear before the court on April 28.

The police picked up Alim from his Joypurhat residence on March 27.

The tribunal on that day issued the arrest warrant following a petition by the prosecutors saying that Alim was involved in killing more than 10,000 people in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War.

The petition also stated that Alim, then peace committee chairman in Joypurhat, killed local Awami League leader Abul Kashem on July 26, 1971

Source: The Daily Star – 28.04.2011