Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Charges against Mojaheed, Kamaruzzaman returned

Quader Molla's charges taken into cognisance, order on taking Nizami's charges into cognisance Jan 9.


The International Crimes Tribunal Wednesday returned to the prosecution the charges of crimes against humanity brought against Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman saying that the charges were not properly arranged and classified.

The tribunal also directed the prosecution to resubmit the charges against Jamaat Secretary General Mojaheed by January 16 after rearranging those properly.

It also ordered the prosecution to reorganise the charges against the party Assistant Secretary General Kamaruzzaman and resubmit those by January 14.

Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq took the charges against another Assistant Secretary General of the party Abdul Quader Molla into cognisance.

It fixed January 29 for starting the hearing on charge framing against Molla.

The court also asked the prosecution to submit relevant documents and papers relating to the charges brought against Molla to its registrar office by Sunday so that the defence could collect those for taking preparation.
The tribunal fixed January 9 for passing order on whether it will take the charges brought against Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami into cognisance. 

During the day's hearing that started around 10:30am on Wednesday, the tribunal said it took time for examining the charges that the prosecution brought against Nizami. 

Advocate Tajul Islam, a counsel for accused Jamaat leaders, told reporters that the prosecution has brought the charges against his clients aiming to harass them politically, destroy their political careers and defeat them politically. 

Earlier in the morning, the four detained leaders were brought to the tribunal's prison for their alleged involvement with crimes against humanity which they hadcommitted during the country's Liberation War in 1971.

The prosecution submitted formal charges against Nizami, Mojaheed and Kamaruzzaman before the tribunal on December 11 while the charges against Quader Molla were submitted on December 18. 

The tribunal is also scheduled to hold cross-examination of sixth prosecution witness Manik Poshari against another Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee relating to his involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War. 

Jail authorities are supposed to produce Sayedee before the tribunal on Wednesday in this connection.