Hearing on Mir Quasem’s discharge petition deferredNew Age Online
The International Crimes Tribunal -1 on Wednesday deferred the date of hearing on a discharge petition of detained Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali, to August 18.
The tribunal deferred the date while responding to a defence plea, seeking an adjournment of the hearing.
Today was set for hearing from the defence on charge framing and Quasem’s discharge petition. But in the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Quasem’s chief defence counsel Abdur Razzaq pleaded an adjournment for four weeks, on ground of taking further preparation.
Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon opposed the defence adjournment plea.
The prosecution on May 16 submitted formal charge against Quasem on 14 counts of crimes against humanity he had committed in Chittagong during the Liberation War. The tribunal on May 26 took the charges into its cognizance.
The prosecution on July 25 submitted its arguments on the charges and pleaded to indict Quasem.
Quasem, arrested on June 17, 2012 from daily Naya Diganta office in the city’s Motijheel area on charges of 1971 war crimes, is now in Kashimpur high security jail.
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