The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Thursday asked the prosecution to start summing up its case against war crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami with arguments. The prosecution will get three consecutive days — Nov 3, 4 & 5 — while the defence four days -– Nov 6, 7, 10 & 11 — for summing up their respective case with law-point arguments.
Closing the prosecution cross-examination of the defence witness Barrister Nazibur Rahman (DW-4), son of accused Nizami, now in custody, the three member tribunal, headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, set the calendar for both sides.
The tribunal had earlier again experienced designated prosecutor Mohammad Ali spoiling time in his fruitless exercise in the name of cross-examination of the last DW for accused Nizami. During the cross-examination, DW Barrister Nazibur told the tribunal that he had discussed with his accused father in detail about the war crimes case filed against him and the role he had played during the Liberation War.
Nizami was the president of All Pakistan ICS, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, till September 1971, he added. Declining a prosecution suggestion, the DW said East Pakistan ICS headed by Nizami did not oppose the 1969 mass movement for autonomy against Gen Ayub Khan launched by Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a conglomerate of progressive student organisations.
He also disagreed with another suggestion by the prosecution, saying “it’s not true that Al Badrs had picked up martyred Dr Azharul Huq, Dr Humayun Kabir and Dr Alim Chowdhury from their respective houses in the capital and killed them in Nov-Dec 1971 at the behest of my father Nizami, chief of Al Badr, a vigilante group of Jamaat-e-Islami as branded by the prosecution.”
“It’s also not true that I gave false evidence concealing facts to save my father knowing fully well that he had perpetrated the crimes against humanity in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War,” Nazibur said.
A former minister during the past BNP-led government, Nizami is being tried on charges of involvement in murders and torture of unarmed people along with hatching conspiracy, planning, incitement and complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War in collaboration with the occupation army.
Also the president of Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, Nizami faces 16 counts of charges based on 16 separate incidents of crimes against humanity.
On May 28, 2012, the tribunal indicted the Jamaat ameer for committing the 1971 crimes against humanity. On June 29, 2010, Nizami was arrested in front of the National Press Club after a magistrate court in Dhaka issued warrant of arrest in connection with a criminal case over hurting religious sentiment of Muslims. Later, he was shown arrested in connection with the war crimes case. – UNB