DHAKA: The first prosecution witness in war crimes related case against former Jamaat Ameer Ghulam Azam will be cross examined at the International Crime Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Monday.
ICT-1 led by Justice Nizamul Haque fixed the date after day’s proceedings Sunday.
Earlier in the day, assistant Librarian of Bangla Academy Ejab Uddin Mia submitted his deposition before the court.
He will be cross examined by defense counsels on the day.
On September 12, former caretaker government advisor Sultana Kamal said the mass killing of intellectuals was took place after getting the approval of Ghulam Azam.
She said, “He is responsible for those killings as he did not take any action against the Albadar and Rajaker Bahini for killing our intellectuals.”
The Human rights worker and freedom fighter termed Ghulam Azam ‘mastermind’ of crimes committed during the country’s war of liberation in 1971.
In her deposition, she recalled, “Showing arrogance in 1971, Ghulam Azam had told that Rajakar was enough to punish the freedom fighters.”
On May 13, the International Crime Tribunal-1 on Sunday framed charges against former Jamaat Amir Professor Ghulam Azam, detained for trial on charges of wartime crimes against humanity during liberation war in 1971.
On December 26 last, International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) returned the war crimes charges brought against former Jamaat Chief Ghulam Azam, terming those ‘scattered and irrelevant’.
The tribunal also directed the chief prosecutor to resubmit the formal charges against Ghulam Azam properly by the time (January 5) through its registrar office.
On December 12 last, formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ were submitted against Ghulam Azam for his role during the Liberation War and appealed for issuing arrest warrant against him.
A total of 52 allegations were complied in the charge book against Azam, who was Ameer of the erstwhile East Pakistan chapter of the Islamic party that sided with the Pakistan government during the liberation war.
As per the allegations, the prosecutor petitioned the tribunal for issuing arrest warrant against Ghulam Azam.
On December 13, the ICT fixed December 26 to give order on taking into cognizance the formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ against Ghulam Azam in response to an appeal by Jamaat lawyer Barrister Abdur Razzak.
On November 1, the probe report against the Jamaat-e-Islami supremo was submitted to the prosecution panel of the tribunal in connection with their alleged wartime crimes against humanity.
“We have prepared a 360-page report of findings in support of the charges of wartime crimes against former Jamaat Ameer Golam Azam. A total of 40 people gave dispositions against him,” Arif said.
BDST: 1845 HRS, SEP 16, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor / SM Salahuddin, Output Editor
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