IO concludes deposition on Nizami
Defence team allowed privileged communicationNew Age Online
The investigation officer in the war crimes cases against detained Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami concluded his deposition on Thursday saying Nizami was the Al-Badr chief and was directly involved in committing crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
The 26th prosecution witness against Nizami, investigation officer Md Abdur Razzak Khan, began his deposition on Wednesday.
The witness told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he on July 21, 2010 started his probe into the crimes against humanity committed by Nizami and submitted his findings to the chief prosecutor on October 30, 2011.
Nizami was in the dock. On May 28, 2012 the tribunal indicted him on 16 counts of crimes against humanity charges.
Razzak, also an assistant superintendent of police, said he reviewed the contemporary newspaper reports and documents on crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, genocide and other crimes during his investigation.
The war crimes investigator said during the analysis of different newspapers and books, it was proved that Nizami, during March 25 to December 16, 1971, had travelled different places of the country as the Islami Chattra Sangha president with the help of Pakistan occupation army.
He said that Nizami, as the Al-Badr chief, was directly involved in committing killings, genocide and other crimes against humanity by delivering inciting speeches before the members of Peace Committee, Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams.
He said that he visited different places of occurrences and recorded statements of witnesses against Nizami.
He said that he also questioned Nizami for three days from April 3, 2011 for proper and effective investigation.
As his deposition ended, defence lawyer Mizanul Islam began his cross-examination but it remained incomplete when the tribunal adjourned the proceedings until September 30.
Later the tribunal allowed a defence plea seeking privileged communication with Nizami.
The tribunal allowed three defence counsels including Mizanul Islam to communicate with Nizami on Saturday at Kashimpur High Security Jail-1 in Gazipur.
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