Category Archives: Tribunal 2

18 November 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Mir Quasem Ali, Defense Motions and Opening Statements again delayed; AKM Yusuf, PW-8

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Mir Quasem Ali
  2. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

ICT-2 heard two separate Defense applications today, filed on behalf of accused Mir Quasem Ali. One sought disclosure of Prosecution documents, and the second sought disclosure of further details about Prosecution witnesses. The Tribunal granted the former but not the latter. The Prosecution then sought adjournment of the case until 10 December.  The Court directed the Prosecution to provide the Defense copies of all the documents pertinent to their motion on or before 25 November 2013.

In the case against AKM Yusuf, the Tribunal recorded the examination-in-chief of PW-8, and the Defense began cross-examination before retiring for the day. The testimony of PW-8 supports Charges 10, 11, and 13 faced by the Accused. Continue reading

17 November 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Mir Quasem Ali, Opening Statements Delayed; AKM Yusuf, PW-5, PW-6 and PW-7

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases: 

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Mir Quasem Ali
  2. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

Today was set for opening statements in the case against Mir Quasem Ali, but the Accused was not present in Court, becasue the Jail Authority had not received the order to produce him. Due to this procedural error, the Tribunal adjourned the case until 18 November 2013, thereby delaying the opening statements by one day.

ICT-2 then moved to the case against AKM Yusuf.  They completed recording the cross-examination of PW-5, and heard complete testimony from PW-6 and PW-7, including their cross-examinations. Continue reading

14 November 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary– AKM Yusuf PW-4 and PW-5

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case: 

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

Today the Tribunal recorded the cross-examination of PW-4 and the examination-in-chief of PW-5 in the case against AKM Yusuf.  The Defense also began cross-examination of PW-5.  They did not complete this before the end of today’s session, so it  was scheduled to be completed on 17 November 2013. The Tribunal adjourned until that date. Continue reading

13 November 2013: ICT-2 – Hartal Coverage of AKM Yusuf

This was the fourth day of a countrywide Hartal enforced by the BNP-led-18-party opposition alliance. Due to security concerns, our researcher was unable to travel to Court, and has since been unable to secure information about whether Court was in session or not. Nonetheless, it may be noted that today had been fixed as the date for recording the examination0in-chief of PW-4 in the AKM Yusuf case.

12 November 2013: ICT-2 – Hartal Coverage of AKM Yusuf

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case: 

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

This was the third day of the 84-hours countrywide Hartal enforced by the BNP-led-18-party opposition alliance. The following coverage was compiled from direct communication with Court officials, parties to the proceedings, and news coverage of the day’s events.

The case of AKM Yusuf appeared in the daily cause list for ICT-2, and the Court was scheduled to record the testimony of PW-4. However, the Defense Counsel for the Accused was unable to appear in the court due to the hartal. Accordingly, the Court adjourned for the day without any progress. Nonetheless, the judges of ICT-2 very strongly informed junior defense counsel present that the court could not sit idle for the ongoing hartals and blockades led by the opposition. The judges condemned the repeated absence of the senior defense counsels on hartal days while the members of the Prosecution team remained present in the Court. The Bench warned the Defense that this delay tactic would not be tolerated anymore and that the Tribunal would proceed in the absence of the Defense counsel if they choose to remain absent on hartal days.

The Tribunal then fixed 13 November 2013 as the date for recording PW-4’s testimony in the AKM Yusuf case.

11 November 2013: ICT-2 – Hartal Coverage of Syed Mohammad Qaisar, Charges Pressed by the Prosecution

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Syed Mohammad Qaisar

This was the second day of a BNP-led-18-party opposition alliance enforced a continuous 84-hour countrywide hartal.  Due to the Hartal, our researcher could not safely travel to the Tribunal to be present in Court.  The following coverage was compiled from direct communication with Court officials, parties to the proceedings, and news coverage of the day’s events.

In ICT-2 today, Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta made brief submissions on the charges pressed by the Prosecution against Syed Mohammad Qaisar. The Prosecution submitted that the Accused had been involved in the killing of a total of 155 people over eleven separate incidents. He was also allegedly connected with two incidents involving rapes and five concerning abduction, looting, arson and other crimes. Counsel submitted that Syed Mohammdar Qaiser had formed the “Qaisar Bahini”, a force that played brutal role in the Brahmanbaria and Hobiganj area. The Qaisar Bahini allegedly comprised approximately 700 to 800 Rajakars. The Prosecutor further alleged that Qaisar was also a member of the Habiganj Peace Committee and the Chairman of Madhabpur Peace Committee under the Hobiganj area of greater Sylhet. He submitted that the involvement of the Accused were discovered in the course of investigation by the Investigation Agency, and will be supported by witness statements and miscellaneous other documentary evidence at trial, the Prosecutor argued.

At the conclusion of Prosecution submissions, the Court fixed 14 November 2013 as the date for passing the Charge Framing Order in the Qaisar case.