Category Archives: War Crimes Studies Center

3 December 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary – Mobarak Hossain, Defense Case-in-Chief; Zahid Hossain Khokon, Prosecution Case-in-Chief

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Mobarak Hossain
  2. Chief Prosecutor vs. Zahid Hossain Khokon

Mobarak Hossain

In the case against Mobarak Hossain, today was set for recording the testimony of the Defense Witness 1. However the senior Defense Counsel for Mobarak Hossain was absent from the Tribunal once again, and the junior Defense Counsel sought adjournment for 3 additional days.  He gave the same explanation as on December 1, saying that senior Defense Counsel Ahsanul Huq Hena is in Chittagong, and could not manage to come to Dhaka due to the ongoing blockades. The Tribunal granted the adjournment, and scheduled 8 December 2013 to reconvene in the case.

Zahid Hossain Khokon

In the case against Zahid Hossain Khokon, today was set for recording the testimony of Prosecution witness 10, however the Prosecution submitted that the Prosecution witnesses could not come Dhaka due to the ongoing blockades.  Accordingly, they sought adjournment. The Tribunal granted this request, adjourning the proceedings in the case until 9 December 2013.

2 December 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of AKM Yusuf, Cross-Examination of PW-13 Closed, Examination-in-Chief of PW-14

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

Due to ongoing unrest and blockades, our researcher was unable to be physically present in court this day.  Accordingly, our coverage was compiled from direct communication with the Tribunal and the Parties to the proceedings.

ICT-2 was scheduled to record the cross-examination of PW-13 in the case against AKM Yusuf. However, junior defense counsel, Mr. Gazi M H Tamim informed the tribunal that the senior counsel, Mr. Syed Mizanur Rahman, could not appear in court due to the hartal. The Tribunal elected to close the cross-examination of the witness, because junior defense counsel confirmed that he would be unable to proceed with the cross-examination in the absence of his senior counsel.

The Tribunal then proceeded to record the examination-in-chief of PW-14. The Court fixed 3 December 2013 for recording the cross-examination of this witness.   The Bench emphasized that, if the Defense chose to continue their absence on hartal and blockade days, the Court would continue in their absence, rather than sit idle. As it had done with PW-12 and PW-13, the Court would simply close the cross-examination of PW-14 and proceed to the next witnesses if Defense chose not to be present to conduct the questioning. Continue reading

2 December 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary – ATM Azharul Islam, Pre-Trial hearing on charge framing order

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. ATM Azharul Islam

In the case of ATM Azharul Islam, today was set for hearing a petition filed by Defense to review the charge framing order. However, the Defense sought an adjournment for two days saying that the senior Defense Counsel Abdur Razzak could not appear before the Tribunal due to personal difficulties. Once again, the “personal difficulties” explanation for Defense Counsel absence coincides with hartal or blockade days. The Tribunal allowed the request for adjournment.  Proceedings in the case are scheduled to resume 5 December 2013.

1 December 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of AKM Yusuf, Examination of PW-13

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

Due to ongoing unrest and blockades, our researcher was unable to be physically present in court this day.  Accordingly, our coverage was compiled from direct communication with the Tribunal and the Parties to the proceedings.

On this day, ICT-2 recorded the examination-in-chief of PW-13 in the case against AKM Yusuf. Junior defense counsel then began the cross-examination of the witness, but said that his senior would continue at a later date. The Tribunal fixed 2 December 2013 for continuing to record the cross-examination of the witness.  Continue reading