11 June 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary, Chowdhury Cross-Examination PW 41

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Salauddin Qader Chowdhury

In the Salauddin Qader Chowdhury case, the Defense continued the cross-examination of Md Nurul Islam, the Investigation Officer and Prosecution witness 41. Defense counsel Fakhrul Islam filed an application to declare the paper cuttings exhibited by the Prosecution as inadmissible alleging that these paper cuttings have been tampered with and are not authentic. Thereafter, the Tribunal adjourned the proceedings of the case until tomorrow, 12 June, 2013.

The Tribunal was scheduled to hear matters in the case against Mobarak Hossain. However, the Tribunal adjourned the proceedings of that case until Sunday, 16 June 2013.

Cross-Examination of Investigation Officer, PW 41
The Defense continued its cross-examination of the Investigation Officer. They asked whether he collected any documents such as the death certificate from the Union Council regarding the death of the victims of this case. Witness replied that he had submitted paper cuttings, the Register of the Case, First Information Report and witness statements as proof of these deaths. The Defense asked the Investigation Officer about different persons who the Prosecution has alleged were present at the time of the alleged incidents. The Defense asked whether the Investigation Officer interviewed these individuals. Regarding Charge 8, the Defense asked the Investigation Officer whether he interviewed Momtaz Khanom, Abu Naser Chowdhury Prokash Dulal and Sheikh Fazlul Haque during the investigation. He replied that he did not interview any of them.

The Defense drew the Investigation Officer’s attention to contradictions between the the witness statements recorded by him and the testimony of those witnesses before the Tribunal. They specifically asked about contradictions in the statements of Prosecution witnesses 1 – 6.