Jamaat-e-Islami enforced shutdown virtually forced the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday to reschedule the day’s cause list.
The Islamist party earlier called a 48-hour countrywide shutdown beginning 6 am today (Wednesday) in protest against the Tuesday’s Supreme Court verdict sentencing lifer Abdul Quader Mollah to death for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
As the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, began its sitting, designated prosecutor Mohammad Ali prayed for adjournment saying that their witness against war crimes accused Jamaat ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, now in custody, has fallen sick.
Defence counsel Mizanul Islam, who was supposed to cross-examine PW-23 Syeda Salma Mahmud, the wife of a martyred physician, also did not appear at the tribunal.
Amid such a situation, the tribunal allowed the prosecution plea fixing September 22 for cross-examination of the PW-23.
Meanwhile, in another case, designated prosecutor AKM Saiful Islam opposed the defence adjournment plea on the scheduled charge hearing matter over war crimes suspect Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam, now in custody.
The prosecutor termed “lame excuse” the ground (on personal difficulties) for seeking adjournment by the conducting defence lawyer and said the defence move amounts to impede the trial proceedings.
Hearing both sides, the tribunal also allowed the defence adjournment plea fixing September 23 for further charge hearing matter.