Mir Quasem verdict on Sunday

Tapos Kanti Das
Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday announced that the verdict in the war crimes case of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali waiting since May 4 would be delivered Sunday.
At the outset of Thursday’s hearing, ICT-2 judge, Justice Md Mujibur Rahman Mia, announced that the verdict was ready.
The verdict would be pronounced on Sunday, he told the hearing attended by judge, Justice Shahinur Islam.
The presiding judge, Justice Obaidul Hassan, was not present.
The trial of Quasem, 61, on 14 crimes against humanity charges was completed on May 4.
According to the prosecution he committed the crimes in Chittagong in November and December 1971.
For the ICT-2, founded on March 22, 2012, it would be the seventh verdict.
ICT-1, created on March 25, 2010, until now delivered verdicts in four war crimes cases.
The day’s hearing over, prosecutor Zead-Al Malum told reporters that the prosecution proved all the charges against the accused beyond any shadow of doubt.
The prosecution expects death sentence for the accused, he said.
During the trial, he said, prosecution testified to prove that Quasem founded Al-Badr Bahini in Chittagong, abducted and tortured innocent people in different Al-Badr torture camps including Dalim Hotel, killed many of them and dumped their bodies in the Karnaphuli River.
He said that documentary evidence was produced by the prosecution to prove the charges including Quasem’s superior responsibility in the war crimes.
In his closing arguments, Quasem’s lawyer Tanvir Ahmed Al-Amin claimed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against his client and sought his acquittal.
On September 5, 2013, Quasem was indicted.
During the trial, 24 prosecution witnesses testified against Quasem and three defence witnesses testified to show that he was  innocent.
Quasem was the president of Chittagong city chapter of Islami Chattra Sangha, as the student wing of Jamaat was then called, until November 6, 1971.
He became the general secretary of the East Pakistan unit of ICS on November 7, 1971, according to the prosecution.
Quasem was born on December 31, 1952 at  Munshidangi Sutalori, Harirampur,  Manikganj
On June 17, 2012, he was arrested from the office of daily Naya Diganta, he owns,  at Motijheel, capital city.

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