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ICT censures prosecution for unprofessional conduct

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Staff Reporter
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Tuesday censured the prosecution for seeking adjournment in an informal way.
The prosecution was supposed to submit today before the tribunal the formal charge against war crimes-suspect Syed M Hassan alias Hasen Ali, now on the run, for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity in Kishoreganj during the 1971 Liberation War.
As the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, resumed, designated prosecutor Abul Kalam verbally sought time as they failed to prepare the formal charge against the war crimes suspect after examining the investigation report.
Interrupting the prosecutor, the tribunal, apparently irked, asked him about the process of seeking the adjournment of trial proceedings. “Why have you taken so lightly the time-petition issue? Even a magistrate court or a revenue court needs a written application for seeking time.”
As prosecutor Kalam kept mum and started faltering, the tribunal said, ”Instead of showing lenient view, we’re thinking of imposing cost in person for such unprofessional acts in the days to come.”
The tribunal, however, allowed the prosecution time plea deferring to August 24 for the submission of formal charge subject to filing written application.
The investigators have already found Hasan’s involvement in some war crimes incidents at Tarail village in Kishoreganj district and proof of his collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces as a member of its auxiliary outfit Razakar in 1971, according to the prosecution.
The investigation against fugitive war crimes-suspect Hasan started on June 6, 2013.
Meanwhile, police are yet to track down Hassan despite an ICT arrest warrant is in operation since April 3.