DHAKA : State prosecutions concluded their argument in International Crime Tribunal (ICT)-1 Thursday in review plea hearing of former Jamaat Ameer Ghulam Azam, an accused of wartime crimes against humanity during liberation war in 1971.
The tribunal will give order regarding the matter later.
Prosecutor Jeyad Al Malum placed arguments in the ICT-1 opposing the review plea.
Earlier in the morning, Ghulam Azam was produced before the tribunal from Bangabandhu Mujib Medical University Prison Cell.
On Wednesday, defense lawyer Barrister Abdur Razzak placed his arguments in the court for review petition.
In response to Razzak’s arguments, Jeyad Al Malum said, “Earlier, the defense side filed review petition for Ghulam Azam. But, the tribunal rejected the plea. They again filed same petition after indictment of him.”
He alleged, “They are trying to hinder the trial by filing review petitions repeatedly.”
As per the Criminal and International Crimes Tribunal Act, there is no chance of such pleas after indictment. It is similar to violation of law and regulations, the state prosecutor informed.
Besides, Prosecutor Jeyad Al Malum also pleaded to reject the review petition and urged the tribunal to take stern action against the defense for trying to delay the trial process.
Earlier on Wednesday, the state prosecutor submitted ‘opening statement’ against former Jamaat Amir Ghulam Azam to the International Crime Tribunal (ICT).
The ICT led by Justice Nizamul Haque rejected the plea of defense counsel to adjourn the opening statement and fixed the date for it Tuesday.
The defense counsel also appealed for two others pleas for reviewing the indictment and transferring the case to ICT-2.
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: 1350 HRS, JUN 07, 2012
Edited by:Tilka Binte Mehtab, Newsroom Editor
Rubaiat Saky, Newsroom Editor
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