Category Archives: Trial of A.M Alim

15 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim, Defense Closing Statement

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

Defense counsels for the accused Mr. Abdul Alim started the Defense closing submission on behalf of the accused before Tribunal 2. Learned advocate for the defense Mr. Tajul Islam opened the Defense submission, followed by Mr. Ahsanul Haque Hena. The Defense submission is scheduled to continue for at least two more working days before the Prosecution gets a brief chance to reply on law points of the case.

Overview of Arguments

a)    Background of the accused Abdul Alim and his whereabouts in 1971.

b)   Defense arguments pertaining to the legal issues of double jeopardy, tri-partite agreement, political trial and selective prosecution

Defense Counsel Mr. Tajul Islam opened the closing submission of the defense in Alim’s case. At the onset of the submission, the counsel gave a detailed account of the Accused‘s educational and political background. Continue reading

10 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim, Prosecution Closing Arguments

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

1.    Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

Prosecutor Dr Tureen Afroz made her closing submission on points of law before Tribunal 2 in the case against Abdul Alim. Previously, Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta had finished the Prosecution submission on evidentiary aspects of the case. This marked the end of prosecution case against Alim. The defense closing argument is scheduled to commence from 15 September 2013. Continue reading

8 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim, Prosecution Closing Arguments

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta continued his closing submissions from 4 September 2013 in the case against Abdul Alim. The Prosecution once again reiterated the strong position of authority Alim appeared to have.  Counsel contended that the accused Alim had been at the core of the crimes against humanity that took place in Laipurhat. Prosecutors argued that he was so powerful that his own accomplices as well as members of the Pakistani army used to execute his orders. The Prosecution also submitted that the Peace Committee and Rajakar men referred the family members of detainees to go to Abdul Alim to procure the release of their loved ones. Referring to the testimony of multiple witnesses, Prosecutor Rana submitted that there were instances where the family members were also compelled to give cash and gold jewelry to Alim in order to facilitate the release of a prisoner. The fate of the detainees lay in the hands of the Accused, and according to the Prosecution, many were killed in accordance with his will.

The Prosecutor reviewed testimony from witnesses who had corroborated each of the charges in the indictment. It became clear during this evidentiary review, that no evidence in support of Charge 4 or 5 had been adduced.  Accordingly, Prosecutors made no submissions in support of these two charges in closing arguments.

Prosecutor Dr Tureen Afroz is expected to give detailed submissions on legal points later this week, on 11 September 2013.

4 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim, Prosecution Closing Arguments

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

 Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta opened the closing arguments on behalf of the Prosecution in the case against Abdul Alim. He mainly confined himself to discussing evidentiary aspects of the case, including referring to the specific pieces of documentary evidence. Prosecutor Tureen Afroz is expected to make additional submissions on the key legal arguments of the Prosecution.

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3 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim DW-3 Cross-Examination

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Abdul Alim

Tribunal 2 recorded the cross examination of DW-3, the son of the accused Abdul Alim.  Mr. Rana Das Gupta conducted cross-examination and posed various questions to the witness pertaining to matters regarding which he testified the previous day.

Cross-Examination

During the cross-examination, the witness replied to a question from the Bench by informing them that his father had surrendered to the authorities on 28 February 1972, following the government proclamation under the Collaborators’ Act of 1972. He said that a case was filed against his father under the aforesaid Act on 9 March 1972, but that he was subsequently acquitted due to inadequate evidence against him. He further testified that another case had been filed against the accused after the withdrawal of the first case, but the police gave the final report in his favor.

The witness denied the suggestion of Prosecution counsel that Alim had taken part in the provincial by-election in 1971 and had been elected uncontested. He did acknowledge that his father had contested the 1970 election as a candidate of Convention Muslim League, but had lost.  In response to further questioning, the witness said that he was not aware that his father had been the President of Jaipurhat Union Board before 1971 and the vice-chairman of Bogra District Council in 1971.

The conclusion of cross-examination of DW-3 marked the end of witness examination. The tribunal scheduled September 4, 2013 for the Prosecution closing arguments to commence.

2 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Abdul Alim DW-3 Examination, Ashrafuzzaman Khan & Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, adjourned

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

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

Tribunal 2 was in session with just two Justices presiding: Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Md Shahinur Islam. Chairman Mr. Justice Obaidul Hassan remain on leave.

In the Alim case, the Tribunal recorded the testimony of Mr Sazzad bin Alim, the son of accused Abdul Alim.  He gave testimony as DW-3. Mr Ahsanul Haque Hena conducted the examination-in-chief, which lasted for three and half hours. Mr. Rana Das Gupta formally commenced the cross-examination, but did not finish.  Cross examination is expected to continue September 3, 2013.

The case against Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was adjourned for the day after the Prosecution counsel failed to present the prosecution witness who was supposed to give testimony before the Tribunal.

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1 September 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Alim DW 2, Khan& Mueen Uddin PW 20

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

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

In the Abdul Alim case, Tribunal 2 recorded the examination-in-chief and cross-examination of Defense witness 2. Additionally, in the case of Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, who are jointly being tried in absentia, the Tribunal recorded the testimony of Prosecution witness 20. The witness’ testimony supports Charge 7, concerning the abduction and killing of Professor Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury.  The testimony also refers to the killing of Professor A.M. Munir Chowdhury, contained within Charge 8. Continue reading