WAR CRIMES TRIAL
ICT puts lid on Alim’s defence witnessesNew Age Online
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 Wednesday passed an order limiting the number of defence witnesses for war crimes accused Abdul Alim to only three from a list of 3,328.
The defence had submitted the list during the beginning of the trial.
The tribunal passed the order while responding to a prosecution petition seeking put a lid on Alim’s defence witnesses.
Arguing on the petition, prosecutor Rana Dasgupta submitted that the defence had submitted a long list of witnesses to cause unreasonable delay in the trial and that the number needed a lid for speedy disposal of the case.
Alim’s defence lawyer Ahsanul Huq Hena sought to allow adequate number of defence witnesses to prove the defence alibi and to disprove all the 17 charges against his client.
Alim was in the dock.
Earlier, Hena cross-examined the investigation officer against Alim, ZM Altafur Rahman, for the fifth day.
The IO’s cross-examination remained incomplete when the tribunal adjourned the proceedings until Thursday.
The tribunal, on the other hand, allowed a prosecution plea seeking the tribunal’s permission to interrogate former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Md Qaisar at his residence.
Qaisar, a war crimes accused now enjoying bail, was in the dock.
The tribunal-2, meanwhile, asked the prosecution to submit an update to it on September 23 on the war crimes investigation against Qaisar. It also ordered Qaisar, now 73, to appear before the court on the day.
The tribunal issued the order after the prosecutor Rana Dasgupta submitted a progress report on the investigation against Qaisar and added that the investigators were getting more evidences and were looking for eyewitnesses, if any, of the atrocities committed by him.
A Convention Muslim League leader in 1971, Qaisar, was a local Peace Committee leader and formed ‘Qaisar Bahini’ to collaborate with the Pakistani marauding army and committed crimes against humanity at Chunarughat, Shayestaganj, Habiganj Sadar and Madhabpur in Habiganj, alleged the prosecution.
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