The first war crimes tribunal ordered the prosecution to submit a progress report or the full investigation report against Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general A T M Azharul Islam on Dec 2. The prosecution submitted a progress report of investigations into the Jamaat leader’s alleged war crimes.
The prosecution said in its report that it had already collected some material but needs more time to collect more materials and consult witnesses regarding some new allegations that have come up.
The three-judge International Crimes Tribunal – 1, set up to try crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, said it was ‘also of the view that some more time is required to complete the investigation’.
Azharul Islam has also been ordered to be present at the court on Dec 2 and the court ordered that an appropriate production warrant be at hand. In another war crimes case against Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, the tribunal ordered the prosecution to bring its first witness Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury on Oct 21 for the remainder of his cross-examination.
The prosecution witness, according to prosecutor Mir Iqbal Hossain, had taken ill and was not in a position to testify. The prosecution had brought Zahiruddin Jalal for deposition but the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammad Nizamul Huq, said the tribunal was not inclined to introduce another witness without completing another cross-examination in progress.
Jamaat guru and former chief, Ghulam Azam’s war crimes investigator Matiur Rahman took the stand for being cross-examined for the rest of the day till lunch.
uplod 14 oct, Newsroom