Thursday, July 5, 2012

7 May: Chowdhury trial opening continues

For those reading this blog by date, this is an out of sequence posting. Apologies

The Prosecution team carried on reading out their 105 page opening statement concerning the charges against the accused Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury. This follows from the hearing on 3 May.

The opening statement dealt with the political involvement of Mr. Fazlul Quader Chowdhury (father of the accused); then the political involvement of the accused and his parliamentary membership.

It alleged in the opening statement that the accused and his father was directly involved in the atrocities and the crimes against humanities in 1971 at the area Rawjan of Chittagong District. Numerous people of Hindu communities were killed by the direct and indirect involvement of this father-son alignment.

The prosecution team mentioned several incidents of atrocities and killing which was being committed by the involvement of these men.

After reading out the opening Statement they handed over the written opening statement to the Defence Team.

Justice Nizamul Huq passed order (summary)
Accused Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has been produced before the tribunal. Today is fixed for placing the Opening Statement. Mr. Zead Al Malum and Ms. Nurunnahar Mukta with other prosecutors has produced the opening statement. On conclusion Mr. Malum prayed for short adjournment for producing witness. Mr. Fakhrul Islam, defense lawyer has urged 17th for producing the defence witness. The day is fixed on 14th May, 2012 for Prosecution witness.

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