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War Tribunal-1

Four fresh petitions rejected

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday summarily rejected four petitions of war crimes accused Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Sayedee filed with the tribunal two review petitions, one on inspecting whether all prosecution witnesses had been properly summoned and the other on recalling the investigation officer and 13th defence witness, Masud Sayedee.

SQ Chowdhury filed two petitions, one for initiating contempt of court proceedings against expatriate legal expert Ahmed Ziauddin and the other seeking explanation from the attorney general whether Ziauddin was appointed as a legal adviser to the court.

Rejecting the petitions, the tribunal moved on to rehearing the closing arguments of Sayedee's case.

The defence yesterday completed placing its arguments on eight out of the 20 charges brought against Sayedee.

The defence was supposed to finish arguments yesterday but the tribunal eventually gave them more time following repeated request of the defence team.

The Triubunal-1 yesterday adjourned the proceedings on war crimes case against Motiur Rahman Nizami until February 3 and that on SQ Chowdhury's case until January 28.

Meanwhile, Tribunal-2 yesterday completed recording the cross-examination of Jahidul Islam, the ninth prosecution witness in the case against BNP leader Abdul Alim.

The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, adjourned the case proceedings until February 4.

The tribunal also recorded the testimony and cross-examination of the 16th prosecution witness in the case against Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman before adjourning the case until January 28.

Ejabuddin Miah, assistant librarian of Bangla Academy, testified as a seizure witness in the case and exhibited several copies of newspapers of 1971.

Meanwhile, the prosecution sought action against BNP leader MK Anwar in connection with his comments about the trial proceedings at the tribunal.

Prosecutor Rana Dasgupta had verbally sought action against Anwar but the tribunal asked him to bring in a written allegation.

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