January 11, 2012 in Publication
Ghulam Azam the mastermind of war-criminal (allegedly) in Liberation War, 1971 was sent to jail on 11.01.2012 as he was appeared before the tribunal as fixed facing charges of crimes against humanity – including murder, rape, arson, looting, abetting and conspiracy – in 1971 Liberation War.
On behalf of former Jamaat Ameer Ghulam Azam an application for bail was filed on 10.01.2012 but after rejecting the same the International Crimes Tribunal ordered to send him to Dhaka Central Jail in connection with 62 specific charges pressed by the prosecution on January 5, 2012. Tribunal fixed the date for charge hearing on 15.02.2012.
On 09.01.2012 after accepting charges against Ghulam Azam the Tribunal asked Senior Advocate Abdur Razzak, the conducting Advocate for Azam to produce the ex-ameer before it on 11.01.2012.
The defense filed the bail application for Azam praying for bail on Medical grounds with some other. On the other hand the prosecution opposing the bail application taking ground of having so many allegations against him.
While hearing the bail application the Azam’s lawyer referred to the decision taken on bail matter of another war criminal Abdul Alim as the Tribunal granted him bail 31.03.2011 considering his health condition.
Chief prosecutor Advocate Ghulam Arieff Tipoo in his hearing submitted that the case of Alim is not in a same footing to Azam’s case as against Alim there was no investigation report whereas in the present case it is.
After hearing the three-judges ICT headed by its Chairman Mr. Justice Nizamul Huq were pleased to reject the bail prayer and ordered to send Ghulam Azam to jail-hajat.
The defense counsel Barrister Abdur Razzak prayed bail for Azam on humanitarian ground mentioning his age and health condition. He in this connection referred to the decision taken about Abdul Alim, another war crime suspect.
The tribunal also directed the prosecution to submit a copy of formal charge and other relevant documents to the tribunal registrar office by 12.01.2012.
M M Nuruzzaman
Head of the Chamber