Nizami, Mojaheed to be Quizzed
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
WAR CRIMES TRIAL
The International Crimes Tribunal has permitted its probe panel to question major war crimes suspects Jamaat leaders Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
The tribunal on Tuesday granted the appeal submitted by the investigation team and the prosecution panel.
The tribunal allowed the investigators to quiz them between 10am and 5pm at the Dhaka Central Jail on separate dates to be fixed later. But the tribunal did not allow the panel to take them on remand.
The tribunal asked the probe officials to fix the dates for quizzing them.
On Mar 23, the investigation panel pleaded for the remand of war crime suspects Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami and Salahuddin Quader Chowdury.
The tribunal on Mar 27 adjourned hearing on the appeal seeking remand of Nizami until Apr 5.
The probe team also appealed on the same day for taking Jamaat secretary Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed on remand. The court also set Apr 5 for hearing the appeal as well.
The copy of the remand appeal could not be handed over to Salahuddin as there was no lawyer for him on the tribunal list. The tribunal will hear the plea seeking Salahuddin's remand on Apr 19, a date earlier fixed by the tribunal to produce him before it.
Since the International Crimes Tribunal was formed on Mar 25 last year, two BNP and five Jamaat leaders were arrested.
Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee, assistant secretary general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla are currently facing trial under the tribunal on war crime charges.
Among the two BNP leaders, Abdul Alim, a minister during the rule of Ziaur Rahman, is presently out of jail on bail.