Category Archives: Trial of A.M Alim

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

27 August 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Alim DW 1, Khan & Mueen Uddin PW 18

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

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

Today in the Alim case Tribunal 2 recorded the testimony of Defense witness 1. Defense counsel Ahsanul Haque Hena conducted the examination-in-chief in the morning session while Prosecutor Rana Das Gupta conducted cross-examination of the defense witness during the second half of the day.

Additionally, the Tribunal recorded the testimony of Prosecution witness 18 in the case against Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, both of whom are being tried in absentia. Both the examination-in-chief and cross-examination were completed. The testimony of Prosecution witness 18 supports Charge 6, regarding the abduction and murder of Dr Abul Khayer and other intellectuals.

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