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Bangladesh and signs Extradition Treaty: Bangladesh and India on January 28 singed the Extradition Treaty in Dhaka to facilitate transfer of persons wanted on criminal charges in either country on request. The new treaty would allow transfer of convicted or under-trial criminals but it would not be applicable for those accused in 'political crimes' or other criminal offences punishable with imprisonment for less than one year. New Age, January 29, 2013.

JeI leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad sentenced to death for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on January 21 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment, for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The 65-year-old fugitive, also known as Bachchu Razakar, was found guilty of killing 14 Hindus, raping two women, torturing two other persons and setting homes ablaze in Faridpur District, his birthplace. Azad was sentenced to death for four of the charges, although found "guilty beyond doubt" in seven. Daily Star, January 22, 2013.

Chiefs of ATTF and NLFT arrested in Dhaka city: Security Forces (SFs) in Bangladesh have reportedly arrested two top militants, All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) 'chief' Ranjit Debbarma and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) 'chief' Biswamohan Debbarma from Dhaka (Dhaka District) in December 2012. Police intelligence officials in Agartala (Tripura) on January 4 said Ranjit was arrested from a posh location in Dhaka on December 30 and Biswamohan on December 23 from nearby areas. According to reports, they have been living in Dhaka for the past two decades. Times of India, January 5, 2013.

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