The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday recorded the testimonies of two prosecution witnesses in the case against Syed Mohammad Qaisar, the alleged founder of “Qaisar Bahini”, a force made up of collaborators, in Habiganj during the liberation war.
Amena Khatun and Anisur Rahman, the 29th and 30th prosecution witness, exhibited five books and a photo of a newspaper article, which were seized by the investigator of the case.
Amena, the documentation officer of the Liberation War Museum, exhibited a photo of a front-page story of The Times published on March 27, 1971, with the headline “Heavy Fighting as Sheikh Mujibur Declares E [East] Pakistan Independent”.
She also exhibited two other books--Sylhete Gonohatya (Genocide in Sylhet) and Muktijuddher Itihaser Khoje (In Search of Liberation War History)--seized by Manowara Begum, the investigation officer, from the museum on April 21, 2012.
Anisur, the librarian of the war crimes investigation agency, exhibited three books--Muktijuddhe Bangladesh (Bangladesh during Liberation War), Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddhe Agartala-Tripura: Dalil Patra (Agartala-Tripura in Bangladesh's War of Independence: Documents) and Madhabpur Directory--seized by Manowara on June 20 last year from the agency library.
Defence counsel Abdus Sobhan Tarafder completed their brief cross-examination before the three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan adjourned the proceeding till Sunday.
Earlier, Sobhan Tarafder and another defence counsel, SM Shahjahan, completed the cross-examination of the 28th prosecution witness Nurul Islam.
Qaisar, former state minister of HM Ershad's regime, faces 16 charges over crimes including genocide in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria in 1971. He, however, pleaded not guilty in court.
The tribunal also completed recording the cross-examination of Azizul Sarder, the 14th prosecution witness in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan.