ELIMINATION OF INTELLECTUALS
Highest punishment sought for Ashraf, MueenStaff Correspondent
The prosecution on Wednesday demanded highest punishments for absconding Al-Badr bosses Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueenuddin for eliminating Bangali intellectuals in cold blood in 1971.
For their abominable crimes the duo deserve the highest punishments, pleaded the prosecution concluding its closing arguments in the International Crimes Tribunal- 2.
Summing up its war crimes case against the duo, the prosecution recalled how the intellectuals were picked up and systematically eliminated in cold blood in the last days of the Liberation War.
‘We proved all the eleven charges against the two accused beyond any shadow of doubt,’ submitted prosecutor Syed Haider Ali.
As the bosses of Al-Badr Bahini, an auxiliary force of Pakistan occupation army, they planned and eliminated the intellectuals, he submitted.
Following a plan they made a list of intellectuals, abducted and killed them, he submitted.
He said that Al-Badr death squads led by the duo executed the plan in cold blood.
He told the tribunal that the prosecution submitted the list of intellectuals found in Ashraf’s diary, seized by the police from his rented room at Purba Nakhalpara immediately after December 16, 1971.
The abductions and killings of the Bangali intellectuals followed ‘a common plan and common design,’ said Haider.
The intellectuals were picked up from their residences in different areas in Dhaka City, he submitted.
‘A single Al-Badr squad picked up Dhaka University teachers using the same car and following the same plan on December 14, 1971,’ he said.
The abductions and killings of the intellectuals took placed under the leadership of Al-Badr operation-in-charge Mueen and chief executor Ashraf, and just as they had planned, he said.
Haider said that the prosecution produced most reliable witnesses to prove the charges.
One of the prosecution witnesses was none but the lone survivor from the dragnet of the killing squad of the dreaded Al-Badr Bahini, he said.
But for two investigators and the lone seizure list witness, all the other prosecution witnesses are close relatives of the martyred intellectuals, he submitted.
Obviously, he submitted, some the close relatives had the misfortune to witness how and who picked up the intellectuals from their homes.
The close relatives, who were children or infants at the time of the occurrence in 1971 came to know about the frightful accounts from their mothers, relatives and newspaper reports, he submitted. The abductions and killings made them orphans so early in life that they even could not fathom what befell them.
He also submitted that the Islami Chattra Sangha, to which the accused persons belonged, never denied its organizational role in eliminating the intellectuals.
‘The two accused never regretted for the crimes they had committed in 1971,’ he submitted.
The state defence lawyers for the two accused are due to complete their closing arguments in two days, beginning September 29.
Ashraf and Mueen were indicted in absentia on June 24. Their trial began on July 15.
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