A defence counsel yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that the prosecution had resorted to ‘foul play’ in the case implicating BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
“The prosecution has not come with clean hand in connection with the case,” said counsel Ahsanul Huq Hena while summing up his arguments.
Hena said the prosecution dubbed Pakistan Muslim League (Convention) President Fazlul Quader Chowdhury a black sheep in the case and his accused son a scapegoat. The investigation officer (IO) without a thorough investigation had accused Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of perpetrating the 1971 crimes against humanity to materialise his father’s political ideology --united Pakistan -- as his follower.
A son may not always necessarily be a follower of his father’s political ideology, he said, referring to the relationship between leftist Rashed Khan Menon, now MP, and his father Speaker Abdul Jabbar Khan of Pakistan Muslim League.
During the evidence, the IO had failed to show any document in support of his claim that the accused was a follower of his father’s political ideology, claimed Hena.
The defence counsel further said not only that the IO fell short of identifying the actual status of Salauddin Quader whether the accused was a Razakar or its elite groups Al Badr and Al Shams or Muslim Leaguer (Convention) while committing crimes against humanity, including genocide, in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces during the Liberation War.
The prosecution had failed to specify the mens rea of the accused, added Hena. The defence’s summing-up arguments continued for the second day.
Detained BNP stalwart Salauddin Quader faces trial on 23 counts of charges under different provisions of section 3 (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
The charges include abduction and murdering civilians, collaborating with the Pakistani occupation army to kill and torture unarmed people, genocide, looting of valuables and torching of houses and other properties, persecuting people on religious and political grounds, and committing atrocities on Hindus in Chittagong districts.
According to the charges, Salauddin Quader, also a former Cabinet member of deposed Gen (retd) HM Ershad, was involved in the killing of more than 200 people, including the much-talked-about killing of Nutan Chandra Singh, founder of Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya at Gahira in Rauzan, Chittagong.UNN
MoU signed to train up RMG workers s/c p-8
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Sunday by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and Skill Development Project (SDP) of the Education Ministry in an effort to meet the shortage of skilled workers in the RMG sector.
Under the MoU, training facilities will be provided for young workers, both male and female, to work in the RMG factories. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will finance the project.
BGMEA Vice President Reaz-Bin-Mahmood Sumon, BMET Director General Begum Shamsun Nahar and SDP Director Chowdhury Mufad Ahmed signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.
BGMEA President M Atiqul Islam, Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and ADB officials were present.