DHAKA: The deposition of prosecution witness in war crimes related case against detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali will be held on December 10 at International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2.
A 3-member ICT led by Justice Obaidul Hasan fixed the date Monday. Earlier in the day the 6th prosecution witness was cross-examined by
A total of 14 charges were brought against Kashem, a central committee member of Jamaat-e-Islami, crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 1971.
On September 5, the tribunal framed charges against him for alleged involvement in wartime crimes.
Earlier on October 6, the tribunal fixed Monday (October 28) to place the opening statement in the case.
On September 30, the three-member ICT-1 led-by ATM Fazle Kabir transferred the case to ICT-2 in a suomoto order.
On May 26, the ICT-1 took the formal charges against the Jamaat leader.
On May 16, the prosecution submitted formal charge against Mir Quasem Ali, central leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and chairman of Diganta Media Corporation, before International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1.
A total of 14 allegations including murder, abduction, torture, arson, looting and body dumping were brought against him.
State prosecutor Advocate Jeyad Al Malum submitted the formal charge at International Crimes Tribunal Registrar office.
As per formal allegations, Mir Quasem Ali was commander of Al-Badr (a group which assisted then Pakistani occupation army) of Chittagong town during the Liberation War in 1971. Al Badr, Al-Shams and Razakar forces led-by Quasem conducted killing there.
Amongst the allegations, Pakistani army personnel and their local collaborators including Mir Quasem set up the torture cell at Dalim Hotel on Nazir Ahmed Chowdhury lane and killing in Asadnagar and Panchlaish areas of the port city.
Prosecution sources said a total of 1, 635-page documents was submitted including 92-page formal charges and
83-page statement of witnesses.
Besides, the prosecution also submitted two Compact Disk (CDs), a DVD and a video CD with different evidence in support of the allegations against the Jamaat leader.
BDST: 1755 HRS, NOV 18, 2013
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