Defence seeks Mir Quasem’s dischargeNew Age Online
The defence for detained Jamaat executive council member Mir Quasem Ali Sunday sought discharge of his client from all the charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Chittagong during the Liberation War in 1971.
Arguing on the discharge petition filed by the war crimes accused, defence lawyer Tanvir Ahmed Al-Amin told the International Crimes Tribunal –1, that his client was innocent and deserved discharge from all the 14 charges.
Earlier on July 25, the prosecution sought the indictment of detained Quasem for committing killings, abductions, confinement, oppression inconfinement, arson, looting and other war crimes in 1971.
Tanvir argued that the prosecution did not adequately explain the reason of the delay of long 40 years to start the trial. The prosecution responded that they could not bring the accused under trial as the there was no government until 2009 that was interested in trying the war criminals.
Tanvir insisted that that such explanation could not be accepted as those are in power now had run the state earlier too. ‘This is an exceptional delay,’ he said, adding, the prosecution has malafide intention in bringing his client under trial. ‘This is a politically motivated case,’ he said.
He said that his client was not a renowned figure in 1973 when the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act was passed but his client is now a leader of a large political party and involved in print and electronic media along with other businesses.
Tanvir said that none lodged any First Information Report against his client in the past 40 years for committing any crime. He argued that if his client was really involved in any crime, the victims would have lodged FIR against his client.
As his arguments ended, the tribunal asked the prosecution whether they had any response when prosecutor Zead-Al-Malum said that they need some time to reply.
The tribunal then adjourned the proceedings of the case until August 21. Arrested on June 17, 2012 at the office of Bangla daily Naya Diganta in the city Quasem now is detained at Kashimpur Jail.
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