Allowing a prosecution’s time plea, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Wednesday re-fixed September 23 for submitting the investigation report on septuagenarian war crimes suspect Syed Mohammad Qaiser, a former junior minister during General HM Ershad’s rule.
A turncoat politician who has been suffering from geriatric complications, Qaiser, freed from jail after securing bail on humanitarian and medical grounds with conditions on August 5, appeared in the dock during the hearing on prosecution’s time plea.
According to the investigation agency, Qaiser entered politics by joining BNP and subsequently became the president of Habiganj BNP. Later, he quit BNP to join Ershad’s Jatiya Party and became a state minister.
Qaiser, as a local Peace Committee leader, had formed a vigilante group, ‘Qaiser Force’, after his name during the Liberation War with 500-700 of his trusted men in Habiganj and committed crimes against humanity, including genocide in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation army.
At the latter part of the Liberation War, he had fled to London and returned to the country after the August 1975 gory political changeover.
Prosecutor Rana Dasgupta appeared for the prosecution.