DHAKA: The argument on the charges against former Jamat Ameer Ghulam Azam in connection with the crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War will be held at the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) Monday.
The three-member tribunal led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir fixed the date after rejecting two pleas filed by Ghulam Azam’s lawyer and asked the state prosecutors to proceed.
ICT-1 chief prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu started placing arguments against the Jamaat leader on Sunday morning and later tribunal prosecutor Jeyad Al Malum started argument against Ghulam Azam.
A total of 61 allegations were complied in the charge book against Azam, who was Ameer of the erstwhile East Pakistan chapter of the Islamic party that sided with the Pakistan government during the liberation war.
The tribunal will fixed the date of verdict after hearing the arguments favouring the accused.
On June 7 in 2012, state prosecutions concluded their argument in ICT-1 in review plea hearing of former Jamaat Ameer Ghulam Azam.
On May 13 in 2012, the ICT-1 framed charges against him.
On December 12 of last year, formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ were submitted against Ghulam Azam for his role during the Liberation War and appealed for issuing arrest warrant against him.
As per the allegations, the prosecutor petitioned the tribunal for issuing arrest warrant against Ghulam Azam.
On December 13 in 2012, the ICT fixed December 26 to give order on taking into cognizance the formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ against Ghulam Azam in response to an appeal by Jamaat lawyer Barrister Abdur Razzak.
On November 1 of the same year, the probe report against the Jamaat-e-Islami leader was submitted to the prosecution panel of the tribunal in connection with their alleged wartime crimes against humanity.
BDST: 1845 HRS, FEB 17, 2013
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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