Trial against Nizami, Quader Mollah begins

The trial against Jamaat-e-Islami top leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami and Abdul Quader Mollah started formally on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during country’s Liberation War as the International Crimes Tribunal framed charges against them on Monday(28 may 2012).

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami was charged with 16 specific crimes that include genocide, murder, conspiracy, planning, incitement and complicity.

On the other hand, the six specific charges against Quader Mollah include genocide, murder, rape, arson and actively participating or contributing or aiding the Pakistani occupation forces in doing such atrocities during the country’s Liberation War.

After framing the charges, the ICT-1 set July 1 for starting the trial against Nizami while ICT-2 fixed June 20 to formally begin the trial against Mollah.

Both the trial will begin with the opening statements of the prosecutions.

Nizami and Mollah both pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out to them.

The three-member tribunal-2 headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir asked the counsels of Mollah to submit documents and the list of witness, if they have, by June 20.

On May 3, the three-member tribunal set the indictment date after completing arguments from both sides.

On December 11 last year, the prosecution submitted at least 15 charges of crimes against Nizami. The court on January 9 accepted formal charges against the Jamaat chief.

He is among six Jamaat and two BNP leaders facing war crimes charges at the tribunal.

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is headed by Justice Md Nizamul Huq with Justice Anwarul Huq and AKM Zaheer Ahmed as the two other members.

On May 16, the tribunal fixed today to decide whether it would indict Mollah for war crimes.

The prosecution on December 18 last year submitted formal charges against the Jamaat leader before Tribunal-1.

The charges included killing, looting and arson in the city’s Mirpur and Mohammadpur and Keraniganj areas during the war.

Tribunal-1 took the charges into cognisance on December 28.

The prosecution read out the formal charges again before Tribunal-2 on May 02 as the case was transferred from Tribunal-1 on April 16.

Defence counsels placed their arguments on May 8, 9 and 14.

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