ICT defers rule on Economist contempt noticeNew Age Online
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Tuesday allowed five more additional prosecution witnesses against Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami.
The tribunal allowed the additional witnesses responding to a prosecution plea seeking the tribunal’s permission to bring the witnesses.
Nizami was on the dock.
Arguing on the application, prosecutor Mohammad Ali said that the investigator who probed the war crimes allegations against Nizami found five more important witnesses to prove the case against the accused.
Nizami’s defence lawyer Mizanul Islam opposed the plea.
The tribunal also deferred the date of order on contempt notice against British weekly, The Economist, to September 26.
Today was fixed for the order on the contempt notice but the tribunal on its own motion deferred the date. Mustafizur Rahman Khan, the lawyer representing The Economist was present.
The tribunal on December 6, 2012 issued the notice to the chief editor and South Asia bureau chief of the Weekly for breaching a judge’s privacy and interfering in the tribunal’s process.
The ICT-2, meanwhile, allowed the war crimes investigator to interrogate Syed Md Qaisar, a former Jatiya Party state minister, on September 1, at Qaisar’s Banani residence in Dhaka.
The tribunal, responding to a prosecution plea, allowed the investigator who has been probing war crimes allegations against the former state minister, three hours on the day.
Qaisar is now out on bail. He was the alleged ring leader of Qaisar Bahini in 1971 and committed crimes against humanity during the liberation war at different places in Habiganj, according to the prosecution.
In another trial, martyred intellectual Abul Khayer’s son Rashidul Islam Tuesday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that four to five unidentified armed youths picked up his father blindfolded from in front of their Fuller Road residence in Dhaka in a mud-stained minibus on December 14, 1971 morning.
Testifying as the 18th prosecution witness against fugitive war crimes accused Chowdhury Mueenuddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Rashidul said his father was a teacher of History department of Dhaka University and that he himself witnessed his father’s abduction and
immediately informed his mother.
The witness, now 47, said that his mother promptly came to the place and tried to free his father from the clutches of the abductors but the abductors threatened to open fire and took his father away.
Rashidul said he himself also witnessed Dr Muhi’s abduction.
He said that Mofiz, the driver of the minibus in which his father was taken away, was taken to their house and Mofiz told his family members on January 4, 1972 that bodies of many intellectuals were dumped at the Mirpur killing field.
Mofiz also said that Mueen and Ashraf was involved in killing his father and other intellectuals.
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