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IO to testify against war crime accused Jabbar Sun

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Court Correspondent
The investigation officer (IO) of the case against fugitive war crimes accused Engineer A Jabbar will testify against him on Sunday as the prosecution on Wednesday decided to close testifying its remaining listed witnesses before the International Crimes Tribunal-1.
Prosecutor Zahid Imam came up with the view before the tribunal after a seizure-list prosecution witness (PW-23) Rabiul Anam Khan, a cataloguer at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), made his deposition authenticating a newspaper clipping over the allegation of war crimes accused Jabbar as documentary evidence.
“IO ASP M Helal Uddin will be produced in the witness box on November 16 (Sunday) to testify as the last prosecution witness (PW-24) against the accused,” said the prosecutor.
Earlier, the prosecution had submitted to the tribunal a list containing the names of 44 PWs for giving evidence to prove the charges as proposed against the accused.
Emerging from the tribunal, prosecutor Zahid told UNB that they think that they have been able to ‘prove’ all the five charges made against the accused through the evidence so far made by the PWs.
On August 14, the tribunal framed charges against Abdul Jabbar for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War after fulfilling the requirement of law for trying a fugitive accused, including the appointment of state defence counsel.
On May 11, the prosecution submitted to the ICT Registrar the proposed charges accusing Jabbar of perpetrating the crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
The prosecution pressed five counts of war crimes charges against the former Jatiya Party MP, believed to have been living in the USA.
After working for over 11 months, the investigation officer (IO) of the case ASP M Helal Uddin submitted the investigation report to the prosecution on April 29.
The investigator ‘found’ Jabbar’s involvement in crimes like killing, genocide, arson, looting and forcefully converting many Hindus to Muslims in the then Mathbaria thana of Pirojpur during the war. Jabbar had been made chairman of local thana Peace Committee (collaborator) and he then organised Razakar outfit in Mathbaria, according to an investigation report.
Octogenarian Jabbar of Khetachhira in Mathbaria was the vice-chairman of Jatiya Party. He had joined the Pakistan Muslim League through his father-in-law, Arshed Ali Hawlader, who was an influential Muslim League leader.
Jabbar later joined the Jatiya Party of Gen (retd) HM Ershad and was twice elected Member of Parliament with the party tickets in 1986 and 1988.