Quasem’s discharge plea hearing deferredStaff Correspondent
The International Crimes Tribunal -1 on Wednesday deferred until August 18, hearing a petition of war crimes accused Mir Quasem seeking the discharge of the case against him.
The tribunal deferred the hearing, set for Wednesday, responding to a plea from the detained Jamaat leader’s lawyers
At the outset of the day’s proceedings, Quasem’s chief defence counsel Abdur Razzaq sought the adjournment for four weeks for taking further preparation.
Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon opposed the plea saying that the defence was seeking it only to delay the trial.
On May 16, the prosecution submitted 14 counts of formal crimes against humanity charges against Quasem.
The accused faces the charges of killings, looting, abduction, persecution, rapes, and setting the houses of unarmed civilians on fire during the Liberation War in collaboration with Pakistan occupation army in Chittagong.
On May 26, the tribunal took the charges into its cognizance.
Quasem as a leader of the then Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing Islami Chattra Sangha, and became the head of Al-Badr Bahini in Chittagong, according to the prosecution.
On July 25, the prosecution sought Quasem’s indictment.
Arrested on June 17, 2012 at his daily Naya Diganta office in the city on charges of 1971 war crimes, Quasem is detained at Kashimpur high security prison.
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