Prosecution pleads Azhar’s indictment on six countsNew Age Online
The prosecution on Tuesday pleaded for indicting detained Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam on six charges of crimes against humanity he allegedly had committed in Rangpur during the Bangladesh Liberation War in collaboration with Pakistani occupation army and his cohorts.
While reading out the formal charges against him at the International Crimes Tribunal-1, prosecutor Saiful Islam submitted that Azhar was the Rangpur district president of Jamaat’s erstwhile student wing Islami Chattra Sangha and had formed Al-Badr with the members of ICS.
Azharul, now 60, hailed from Batason Lohanipara under Badarganj in Rangpur.
The prosecutor pleaded to indict Azhar for committing genocide, mass killings, killings, abduction, confinement, torture in confinement, rape, looting and arson attacks.
The tribunal also set September 8 for placing submission by the defence to defend Azhar.
On July 18, the prosecution put forwarded the formal charges against Azhar and which were taken in to ICT’s cognizance on July 25.
Azhar was arrested on August 23, 2012 and produced before the tribunal after three days.
Meanwhile, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Tuesday closed the cross-examination of defence witnesses and asked prosecution to begin its closing arguments tomorrow (Wednesday) against the war crimes accused Abdul Alim.
Alim’s son Sazzad Bin Alim, the third and last defence witness, was examined today in the tribunal.
The prosecution produced a total of 35 witnesses to prove Alim’s war crimes charges.
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