Monthly Archives: September 2013

22 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim, Prosecution rebuttal and Defense application on extension of bail

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

Tribunal 2 allowed Prosecutor Dr. Tureen Afroz to briefly make closing comments in rebuttal to Defense closing submissions. The Tribunal also heard and rejected a Defense application for the extension of bail of the Accused. The Tribunal then declared that the case of Abdul Alim was to be put as CAV (Curia advisari vult), a latin legal term meaning that the court wished to take the evidence under consideration for a final Judgment.

Prosecution Rebuttal and Closing Comments

Prosecutor Dr. Tureen Afroz advised the Court that she would try to briefly rebut some of the issues raised by the defense, address some of the legal questions raised by the judges during Defense closing submissions, and make submissions on sentencing. Continue reading

22 September 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary – Motiur Rahman Nizami, PW-23

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Motiur Rahman Nizami

In the case of Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Defense concluded cross-examining Prosecution witness 23, Sayeda Salma Mahmud. She testified in support of charge 16. Thereafter, the Tribunal adjourned the proceedings of the case until tomorrow.

Cross-Examination of PW-23

The Defense opened cross-examination by asking the witness about her education and her siblings. During the examination-in-chief, the witness had testified about her aunt Modira’s husband. The witness had testified that her uncle’s name was Lieutenant Commander Moazzem Hossen, that he was a Nevi officer, and that he had been accused in the Agortola Conspiracy case and killed in the morning of 26 March 1971. Continue reading

19 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of Abdul Alim, Defense Closing Arguments; Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, PW-25 Examination

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim
  2. Chief Prosecutor vs. Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddin

It was the second day of a 48-hour countrywide shut down called by Jamaat-e-Islam. Due to the Hartal, our monitors could not safely travel to the Court to attend proceedings.  The following coverage was compiled from official court records and communication with the parties to the proceedings.

On this day, Mr. Ahsanul Haq Hena, the defense counsel for the accused Abdul Alim concluded his closing submissions before Tribunal 2 of the ICT. This was the fifth day of the Defense submission.  Counsel addressed evidentiary aspects of the remaining charges faced by the Accused. He also made submissions pertaining to the defense claim of alibi. Counsel concluded by declaring that none of the charges had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the Prosecution.

Following the conclusion of Defense submissions, the Court announced that Dr. Tureen Afroz would be given limited time on Sunday, 22 September 2013 to briefly address or rebut Defense submissions. The trial can therefore be expected to conclude on Sunday, 22 September 2013, pending final Judgment.

In the case against Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddinm, the Tribunal finished recording the cross-examination of PW-25, Mr. Ataur Rahman, one of the two investigation officers assigned to the case against Mueen and Ashraf. PW-25 was specifically assigned to investigate the involvement of Chowdhury Mueen Uddin. This marked the end of witness testimony, as the IO was the 25th and last prosecution witness of the case. The prosecution is scheduled to begin closing arguments on 23 September 2013.

19 September 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of Abdus Sobhan, Cognizance of Charges

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdus Sobhan

This was the second day of a 48-hour countrywide shut down called by Jamaat-e-Islam. Due to the Hartal, our monitors could not safely travel to the Court to attend proceedings.  The following coverage is compiled from official court records and communication with the parties to the proceedings.

In the case of Abdus Sobhan, the Tribunal took cognizance of charges, and set 20 October for hearing on charge framing.

18 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of Abdul Alim, Defense Closing Arguments; Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, PW-25 Examination

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim
  2. Chief Prosecutor vs. Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddin

This was was the first day of a 48-hour countrywide shut down called by Jamaat-e-Islam. Due to the Hartal, our monitors could not safely travel to the Court to attend proceedings.  The following coverage was compiled from official court records and communication with the parties to the proceedings.

On this day, Mr. Ahsanul Haq Hena, the defense counsel for the accused Abdul Alim continued his closing submissions for the 4th day, before Tribunal 2 of the ICT. Counsel addressed evidentiary aspects of charges 4 through 10 of the indictment against the Accused. The Tribunal requested that Counsel conclude the closing submission the following day.

In the case against Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddinm, the Tribunal continued to record the testimony of PW-25, Mr. Ataur Rahman, one of the two investigation officers of the case against Mueen and Ashraf. PW-25 was specifically assigned to investigate the involvement of Chowdhury Mueen Uddin. The State-appointed defense counsel, Ms. Salma Hye Tuni, commenced the cross-examination of the witness. Cross Examination is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.