Published: Monday, May 6, 2013

Mojaheed’s trial at final stage

The trial of war crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed is set to enter its final stage as International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed tomorrow for the beginning of the closing arguments of the case.
The tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Judge M Shahinur Islam, fixed the date as deposition of both prosecution and defence witnesses was completed yesterday.
As per relevant laws, after hearing the closing arguments from both the prosecution and the defence, the tribunal will set a date for delivering the verdict.
Mojaheed, who served as a minister in the BNP-led alliance government, was indicted on seven charges, which include murder, torture, genocide and hatching conspiracy to kill intellectuals during the Liberation War in 1971.
According to the prosecution, Mojaheed was the president of East Pakistan Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of the Jamaat.
He had become chief of the infamous Al-Badr force, which is historically known for orchestrating the killing of intellectuals in the last part of the war.
Earlier yesterday, the tribunal recorded the testimony and cross-examination of the lone defence witness as defence counsel declined to adduce more witnesses in the case.
As a defence witness, Ali Ahmed Mabrur, the youngest son of Mojaheed, only exhibited some documents, mainly some books and newspapers articles before the tribunal.
Mabrur, also a newsroom editor and news presenter of Diganta Television, said none of the documents show that his father had taken part in anti-liberation activities.
After his testimony, Mukhlesur Rahman Badal, the conducting prosecutor of the case, completed his cross-examination by suggesting, “The documents you have exhibited are not relevant in the case.”
Mabrur replied in the negative.
A total of 17 prosecution witnesses, including the investigation officer, gave their testimonies in the case while the tribunal allowed three defence witnesses to give their testimonies.
After Mabrur’s testimony, when the tribunal asked for other witnesses, Mojaheed’s counsel Munshi Ahsan Kabir said, “I am not interested in producing more witnesses as three witnesses are not enough for them.”