Mueen had returned during Zia and Ershad regime: witnessNew Age Online
A freedom fighter from Feni told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 Tuesday that absconding war crimes accused Chowdhury Mueenuddin was involved in killing of intellectuals, including Shahidullah Kaiser, both of whom hail from Feni.
Testifying as the 14th prosecution witness against fugitive Al-Badr leaders Mueen and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Shariatullah Bangalee also said Mueen formed the Razakar Bahihi with his family members during the Liberation War.
The freedom fighter said that Mueen came to his village more than once during the regimes of late president Ziaur Rahman and Hussein Mohammad Ershad under police escort.
As Mueen was involved in killing intellectuals, the locals and freedom fighters did not allow him to participate in Eid prayers at the Eidgah near his house during one of these visits, the witness said.
The witness, now a businessman, said local freedom fighters raided Mueen’s house in Jagatpur village of Feni but did not find him there. After liberation war they found out he had fled the country.
Later, Mueen’s state defence counsel Salma Hai Tuni cross-examined him. The hearing will resume on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in the ICT-1 trial of war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain, veteran freedom fighter Noni Gopal Mallick, 62, of village Mahadebpotti in Brahmanbaria, told the court how Mobarak damaged idols of Kalibari and Ramkrishna temples in the district and looted nearby Hindu houses during mid-August, 1971.
Testifying as the seventh prosecution witness against Mobarak, Noni said Razakars led by Mobarak renamed Anandamoyee Kali Mandir, Razakar Manjil.
He said in October 1971, one Ashu Ranjan Deb was caught from Shuilpur area and was taken to Kali Mandir where he was tortured and later killed on the side of Kurulia canal.
As his deposition ended, Mobarak’s defence lawyer Ahsanul Huq Hena cross-examined him. The hearing will resume on August 26.
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