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BDR Carnage Case

Court points out limitation of ‘judiciary system’

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court trying the BDR carnage case on Monday said that several hundred accused have already languished in the jail for three years due to limitation of the ‘judiciary system.’
‘Due to the limitation of our judicial system, the accused have already passed three years in the jail,’ said the Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Md Jahrul Haque, at the makeshift courtroom at Bakshi Bazar in the capital.
He made the remarks after the prosecution had produced some ‘unnecessary witnesses’ to the court.
On the day, the court recorded the depositional statements of Havildar Md Shafikuzzaman, Havildar AKM Sharifuddin Kaysar and the Rifle Security Unit cook Md Jalal Hossain. But according to the depositional statements, none of them had witnessed the killings that had taken place inside the Peelkhana headquarters on February 25-26, 2009.
The court said the prosecution witnesses had heard the bullets shots but none of them had witnessed killings.     
‘How the unnecessary witnesses could help (the prosecution)? ... It is important to find out the killers,’ the court chair said, pointing the prosecution counsels.
In reply, the prosecution counsel, Musharraf Hossain Kajal, told the court, ‘It is quite tough to find out killers because these (killings) did not take place in the market place.’
Seventy-five people including 57 army officers deputed to the border force were killed in the bloody mutiny.
Fifty-five out of 1,345 witnesses have so far given their statements against more than three hundred accused.
On completion of their statements in phases, the court allowed the defence counsels to cross-examine the people concerned.
The witness, Jalal Hossain, during the cross examination, denied a suggestion of defence counsel Aminul Islam that he and another prosecution witness cook Kuddus were awarded by the army officers for deposing false statements.
Jalal told the court that he had informed his authorities what he witnessed during the mutiny but the case investigators had finally recorded his statement on February 23, 2011.
During the proceedings, a defence counsel, Sanaullah Miah, sought bails for local BNP leader Suraiya Begum and his son Abu Sadat Md Razzaque, who had been held on charge of helping the mutineers to crossing nearby river at Peelkhana.
The court, however, asked the concerned counsels to rewrite the petitions.
The Dhaka metropolitan sessions court adjourned the proceedings till today.
Some 830 accused including BNP former lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and a local Awami League leader Torab Ali, also the then president of BDR welfare association for retired members, were present in the courtroom.

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