Defence grilling closes in Ten-truck arms case

Defence grilling closes in Ten-truck arms case

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The defence has completed the questioning of prosecution witnesses in the sensational ten-truck arms haul case.
The Chittagong Sessions Court of Judge SM Mojibur Rahman on Thursday announced the cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses was over.
Earlier, the court had directed the defence to complete the questioning by Oct 10 after the prosecution complained that the
defence was wasting time.
On Oct 23, the court will allow the accused to plead guilty or not.
Lawyers of four accused submitted six petitions after Thursday’s proceedings began at 12:50pm, said prosecution lawyer Kamal Uddin Ahmed.
The lawyer for the former Home Minister Lutfozzaman Babar also sought the court’s permission to complete questioning of two accused-police
officers, Abdur Rahman and AKM Mohiuddin.
But the prosecution reminded the court about its Oct 3 order directing the defence to complete the cross-examination of the witnesses by
Thursday.
The prosecution requested court to continue with the questioning of the last witness and also the Investigation Officer in the case
Moniruzzaman Chowdhury.
The defence lawyers said they would not be able to question the last witness until petitions filed by them were disposed of.
Amid the argument, the court ordered the last witness to step down from the dock at 1:55pm. The witness was brought back in the dock 10
minutes later for the grilling.
But the defence continued to stick to its stance of not questioning the IO until their petitions were heard.
The court finally ordered the witness to leave and announced the completion of the questioning of the prosecution witnesses.
The court also ordered to the filing of petitions before announcing the next date.
Defence’s next questioning has been closed due to Lutfozzaman Babar’s repeated refusal to continue with the grilling, said the court order.
Supreme Court lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain argued for Babar.
The IO Moniruzzaman is the 54th and 56th witness in the two cases filed over the sensational ten-truck arms haul case.
Police seized ten trucks full of arms and ammunitions at the state-owned fertiliser plant CUFL’s jetty on Apr 1, 2004.
Moniruzzaman submitted supplementary charge-sheets in the cases filed under arms and special power Acts on Jun 26, 2011 after completing
further probe into the incident.
The supplementary charge-sheets included 11 new accused, including former Minister Matiur Rahman Nijami and Babar, raising the total
number of accused to 52.
Deposition in the case resumed on Nov 29, 2011.-bdnews24.com

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