Bangladesh MP charged with war crimes DHAKA: Bangladeshi prosecutors have filed war crimes charges against a second opposition leader, accusing him of genocide and murder during the countryâ€™s 1971 liberation struggle, an official said Tuesday. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, a senior lawmaker with the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has also been accused of looting and facilitating rape, prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said. â€œInvestigators have found compelling evidence of war crimes against him. We filed charges against him late Monday and the International Crimes Tribunal will now decide whether to accept the charges,â€ he told AFP. The tribunal, created last year to try people suspected of atrocities during the independence campaign from Pakistan, is a domestic set-up and is not endorsed by the United Nations. Opposition parties have dismissed it as a sham. Ali said Chowdhury â€” the highest ranking BNP lawmaker to be investigated by the tribunal â€” is directly implicated in the murder of a high-profile Hindu businessman. â€œWe have found evidence that he turned his fatherâ€™s Chittagong residence as a torture cell during the war,â€ Ali said, adding Chowdhuryâ€™s father was a strong supporter of Pakistan and opposed then-East Pakistanâ€™s secession. Last month, the tribunal charged its first suspect â€” Delawar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of an Islamic party â€” with atrocities including genocide, rape and religious persecution. Sayedee is being held in detention along with four other suspects from his Jamaat-e-Islami party and two more, including Chowdhury, from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Both parties â€” which ruled in coalition from 2001 to 2006 â€” have dismissed the tribunal as a government â€œshow trialâ€, while the New York-based group Human Rights Watch has said legal procedures fall short of international standards. Bangladeshâ€™s government claims some three million people were killed during the nine-month long struggle. Independent researchers say the figure is far lower.