Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami (centre). Star file photo
A tribunal in Dhaka today decided to rehear the closing arguments from both the prosecution and defence on March 10 in a war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami chief leader Motiur Rahman Nizami.
The three-member panel of the International Crime Tribunal-1 led by its new Chairman Justice Md Enayetur Rahim set the date following reconstitution of the tribunal.
As the court started today’s proceedings, prosecutor Mohammad Ali urged the ICT-1 for rehearing the closing arguments saying that it is necessary for a proper adjudication of the case.
Echoing the prosecutor, defence lawyer Tajul Islam said they need a week to end their closing arguments.
The 71-year-old Jamaat leader, who was the president of Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), student wing of Jamaat in 1971, was indicted on May 28, 2012 with 16 charges for his alleged involvement during the country's Liberation War.
The newly appointed Justice Rahim has started his journey as the ICT-1 chairman today through holding hearing on the case against Nizami.
Justice Rahim has been appointed ICT-1 chairman on February 23 as the post fell vacant after Justice ATM Fazle Kabir retired on December 31 last year.
Before starting the day's proceedings, Justice Rahim sought cooperation from both the prosecution and defence, who welcomed him at the courtroom today.
The tribunal-1 headed by Justice Kabir kept the case waiting for the verdict in November 13 last year.