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Bangladesh has been asked by the Human Rights Watch to explain what steps have been taken to trace a witness abducted from near the war crimes courthouse in Dhaka in November last year.

Shukho Ranjan Bali was, according to lawyers and witnesses, abducted from the gates of the courthouse Nov 5.

More than two months after his disappearance, there is no news about Bali’s whereabouts or condition. Witnesses say he was last seen in police custody.

Bali, originally a prosecution witness, had agreed to testify for the defence, according to the defence, in the case of Delwar Hossain Sayedee at the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

The ICT is a domestic tribunal set up to try violations of the laws of war and other crimes during the country’s independence war in 1971.

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