• Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Qaisar handed me over to Pak army

Freedom fighter tells war crimes trial

Staff Correspondent

A freedom fighter yesterday testified that Syed Mohammad Qaisar and his accomplices had handed him over to the Pakistani army during the Liberation War and the army's torture forced him to amputate his left leg.
Shah Hussain Ali, son of martyred Shah Firoz Ali of Habiganj, said the accused and his aides had also handed his father over to the occupation army and that his father never returned.
Hussain testified before International Crimes Tribunal-2 as the eighth prosecution witness in Qaisar's case. The freedom fighter said he and his father had to face dire consequences, as he joined the Liberation War and his father contributed in organising war in Habiganj.
Earlier, Hussain's younger brother Shah Hasan Ali testified as the seventh prosecution witness in the case, giving almost an identical description of the incidents and sought justice.
Qaisar, a state minister during the HM Ershad regime, is facing 16 charges including genocide and murder in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj in 1971.
During his three and a quarter hours testimony, Hussain gave vivid descriptions of the incidents and on several occasions became very emotional. He said he had seen Qaisar at a Pakistani army camp and yesterday identified Qaisar in the courtroom.
Although the Pakistani army had released him after 20/25 days of barbaric torture, he had to amputate his leg, as the wounds did not heal even after seven or eight years of treatment, he said.
The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan adjourned the case proceeding until today, when Hussain will face cross-examination.

 

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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