Tribunal takes cognizance of Quader Mollah’s case; returns cases of Mujahid & Kamaruzzaman for resubmission

The International Crimes Tribunal Wednesday further declined to take into cognizance the charges made against detained Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Ali Ahsan M Mujahid and M.  Kamaruzzaman for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, as those were not prepared properly.

Mentioning its Monday’s identical order in the case of former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam, Justice M Nizamul Huq, chairman of the three-member tribunal, asked the prosecution to take back all the papers and documents in connection with the two cases and submit formal charges against them afresh - on January 12 for Kamaruzzaman  and January 16, 2012 for Mujahid.

The tribunal, however, took into cognizance the charges made against Abdul Quader Mollah and fixed January 29 for charge hearing.

“After perusing the formal charges as submitted by the prosecution, we’re of the view that a prima facie case is available and so we take into cognizance the charges against Quader Mollah,” said the tribunal

About the matter of Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, the tribunal chairman admitted that they could not fully go through the massive investigation report together with all documents and papers in connection with the case and thus they need more time to properly look into the case.

The tribunal re-fixed January 9 for order on prosecution plea for taking into congnisance the charges made against Nizami.

All the four detained accused were in the dock, when the tribunal passed the orders.

Later, the defence lawyers for detained Jamaat-e Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee cross-examined PW 6 Manik Pashari, a Liberation War victim, whose ancestral home were looted and set ablaze by occupation forces in collaboration with Sayedee and his rajaker associates.

The tribunal resumes on Thursday.

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