The defence yesterday cross-examined two prosecution witnesses in separate cases against war crimes accused BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami at the International Crimes Tribunal-1.
During cross-examination of the 10th prosecution witness Nurul Absar, the witness said Aziz Uddin might have misinformed them about sitting position of Salauddin in a car which they attacked on September 20, 1971.
Earlier on August 28, Absar said as per a plan they had attacked the car while Salauddin was returning home after attending a family programme at Dr Chhami Uddin’s house. But Salauddin survived the attack as he was not in the driving seat, which was the target of the freedom fighters.
Chhami’s son Aziz, who was Absar’s friend, informed them that Salauddin was driving the car.
In reply to a question of defence counsel Ahsanul Huq Heena, Absar said it was raining on the night of the operation and there was no lamppost in front of the house.
“I don’t know when Aziz went abroad, but I heard a couple of years ago that he had died,” Absar added.
In reply to a suggestion of the defence counsel, Absar said it is not true that he was in Rangunia and did not take part in that operation.
Ahsanul Huq cross-examined him for about two and a half hours yesterday. The tribunal adjourned the proceedings until today.
Salauddin Quader, facing 23 specific charges for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War, was present in the dock.
After lunch break, the tribunal began recording cross-examination of Bangladesh Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury who gave deposition against Nizami on August 26.
Before taking oath yesterday, Misbahur drew attention to reports of three newspapers saying these dailies published “partial” report about his deposition against barrister Abdur Razzak, chief defence counsel for Jamaat leaders detained in connection with war crimes.
He also sought permission from the tribunal to brief the media as Abdur Razzak had earlier made press briefing after his deposition.
Tribunal Chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq rejected his second plea and made the observation that not only the three dailies, many other newspapers publish reports carelessly. He asked the reporters to be more careful.
Defence counsel Mizanul Islam then cross-examined Misbahur for about one and a half hours. The tribunal adjourned proceedings of the case until today.
Nizami, who is facing 16 specific charges for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity, was present at the tribunal.