WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Elderly woman testifies against Forkan

New Age Online

Sixty-year-old Saleha Begum of Kakrabunia of Mirzaganj in Patuakhali on Monday testified in the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that detained war crimes accused Md Forkan Mallick killed her father-in-law during the liberation war in 1971.
Testifying as the 12th prosecution witness, she said that her father-in-law Hafez Khalifa, his brother Akkel Khalifa and a villager Suren Choukider went to Subidkhali bazar in a morning of late Sraban (Bangla month) in 1971 during the Liberation war.
On that evening, she recalled, Akkel and Suren came back to her home and told her that her father-in-law who was a local Awami League leader was picked up by Forkan and his body was found on a river bank two days later.
She said that Akkel and Suren told her that Fortkan and his Razakar Bahini cohorts had shot her father-in-law to death and dumped the body into the river.
On completion of her testimony, Forkan’s lawyer began her cross-examination.
Her cross-examination resumes Monday.
Later, Md Abdus Sobhan Tarafder, the defence lawyer for war crimes accused Md Mahidur Rahman and Md Afsar Hossain alias Chutu, cross-examined the investigation officer ZM Altafur Rahman for the second day.
His cross-examination remained incomplete when the tribunal adjourned the proceedings until Tuesday.

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