Sunday, December 18, 2011

War crimes charges pressed against Quader Molla

The prosecution on Sunday submitted formal war crimes charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla to the International Crimes Tribunal.

Seven specific charges have been brought against Quader Molla which includes killings, arsons and loots in Mohammadpur, Mirpur and Keraniganj areas in the capital, prosecutor Mohammad Ali said while addressing a press briefing at the tribunal.

Quader Molla was directly involved with the crimes committed in Mirpur and Mohammadpur areas, the prosecutor said.

He said the prosecution has “enough evidence” to prove the Jamaat leader's involvement in the crimes committed in 1971.

The three-member tribunal fixed December 28 for taking the charges into cognisance against Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Quader Molla. 

Earlier, the tribunal fixed Sunday (December 18) for taking the charges into cognisance against Nizami, Mojaheed and Kamaruzzaman after formal charges were placed against them.

But the court today said it re-fixed the date as the tribunal could not take preparation for accepting the formal charges against the three Jamaat leaders.

The tribunal started its day’s proceedings around 11:20am in presence of Nizami, Mojaheed, Kamaruzzaman and Quader Molla. 

Later, the counsel for Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, another accused of crimes against humanity committed in 1971 Liberation War, started cross examination of second prosecution witness Ruhul Amin Nabin.

The cross-examination was continuing till 1:45pm when the report was filed.