As the tribunal took up the matter scheduled for charge hearing, Barrister Abdur Razzaq, the counsel for Nizami, moved the petition seeking four week’s time saying as the volume of the documents in connection with the case is huge, it is yet to complete studying the formal charges and relevant documents.
Besides, a good number of copies contained in the documents supplied by the prosecution are illegible in which it is not possible to prepare the argument with the obscure copies, the defence counsel added.
Prosecution counsel Syed Haider Ali opposed the time petition saying the prosecution is ready to supply clear copies of the documents against the illegible portions. “So, we stick to our objection regarding adjournment plea.”
Hearing both sides, the three-judge tribunal headed by Justice M Nizamul Huq set Monday for order in this regard.
On December 11 last year, the prosecution submitted at least 15 charges of crimes against humanity against Jamaat-e-Islami chief. The charges include genocide, rape and arson during the Liberation War in 1971.
On January 9, the tribunal took cognisance of the formal charge against Nizami for facing the trial of crimes against humanity during country’s Liberation War.
Before closing the day’s session, the tribunal upon an oral submission allowed Nizami, who was produced in the dock, 10 minutes for consultation with his counsel in the courtroom in connection with his case.