Charge framing hearing against Kamaruzzaman deferred

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Star Online Report

The International Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday differed till March 18 the hearing on charge framing against Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

The tribunal passed the order after hearing a time petition submitted by the lawyers of Kamaruzzaman.

Advocate Tajul Islam, one of the defence counsels, told the court that they were not prepared for placing arguments on Wednesday as they could not complete reading the relevant documents and compact disks given by the prosecution.

The defence collected the 5248-page documents and 29 CDs from the tribunal’s registrar office on February 7.

The ICT on January 31 accepted charges against Kamaruzzaman 16 days after the prosecution pressed charges against the Jamaat assistant secretary general on nine counts of crimes against humanity, including conspiracy of genocide.

Kamaruzzaman operated in Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Tangail and Sherpur areas during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, according to the charges.

Kamaruzzaman is among six Jamaat leaders, including its former chief Ghulam Azam and two BNP leaders, facing war crimes charges before the court. All of them have been arrested and one of them is on bail.

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