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Witness deposition against Mobarak, Alim adjourned

Update : 22 Jul 2013, 04:22 AM

The International Crimes Tribunal Sunday adjourned till Tuesday the deposition of the Investigation Officer in the war crimes cases against former BNP minister Adul Alim.

Investigation Officer AZM Altafur Rahman, who had already started giving his deposition, could not finish his submission Sunday because Alim’s counsel Ahsanul Huq failed to appear at the tribunal due to illness.

Opposing the defence’s time petition, the prosecution Sunday said the defence had already sought for adjournment a number of times and prayed before the tribunal to continue with the deposition of the investigation officer.

The defence has previously sought several adjournments citing war crimes suspect Alim’s illness.

Meanwhile, witness submission against another war crimes suspect and former Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain was adjourned till Monday.

The accused is facing five charges of crimes against humanity that include the killing of 33 people in Akhaura, the torture of Ashuranjan Deb at a razakar camp, as well as abductions and killings in Shyampur between August and December, 1971.

According to the formal charges, after the Liberation War, Mobarak was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami’s union unit in Akhaura.

He later joined the Awami League, but was expelled from the party two years ago.

Abdul Alim was arrested on March 27, 2011, and has been on conditional bail since March 31 last year.

Alim was accused of killing thousands of people in Joypurhat in collaboration with the Pakistani army and committing crimes against humanity as the district peace committee chairman in 1971. 

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