SQ Chy Rejects War Crimes Allegations
Monday, 18 October 2010

BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has rejected allegations of war crimes during Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971.

The BNP standing committee member rejected those allegations by way of discrediting the evidences collected by the probe body of the war crimes tribunal charged with trying Bangladesh's war criminals.

The mercurial opposition leader from Chittagong's Raujan area, said, "Similar evidence of Sheikh Hasina's corruption could also be found." Chowdhury was evidently responding to home state minister Qamrul Islam's claim about securing evidence against him.

Chowdhury discarded the fact that a number of witnesses had testified against him and pointed out that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Abdul Jalil, Noor Ali and Azam J Chowdhury gave statements on Sheikh Hasina's corruptions. "Witnesses are not hard to find."

Flanked by Fakhrul Islam, the chief counsel of top Jamaat leaders arrested for war crimes, Chowdhury told journalists on Sunday that the International Crimes Tribunal would not have difficulties finding witnesses either.

Speaking at a discussion on war crimes trial at the Liberation War Museum in Segunbagicha, Dhaka on Thursday, Qamrul Islam said that thousands of people had testified to Choudhury's crimes against humanity.

"[Qamrul Islam] said that he has evidence of my abusing women in '71. I too have heard that he is quite the playboy in Keraniganj. But such rumours are commonplace," Chowdhury added.

In September, a seven-member investigation team of the International Crimes Tribunal visited crime scenes at Raujan upazila, Chittagong to investigate and collect evidence of war crimes.

The team, led by Golam Arif Tipu, reported that witnesses and victims' families alleged Chowdhury's involvement and that the team had enough evidence to detain the BNP leader.

Source: bdnews24.com

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