The formal trial of war crimes case against eight Jamalpur Jamaat men began on Wednesday in the International Crimes Tribunal-1, agencies report.
Prosecutor Tureen Afroz placed the opening statement briefly stating the historical background of the case and charges against the eight.
Of the eight, detained Md Shamsul Haque and SM Yusuf Ali were in the dock. The remaining six – Jamalpur Al-Badr founder Md Ashraf Hossain, Sharif Ahmed, Md Abdul Mannan, Md Abdul Bari, Harun and Md Abdul Hashem were still in hiding.
Tureen submitted that Shamsul and Yusuf formed Peace Committee and Razakar force and patronized formation of Al-Badr and the duo would have to shoulder the responsibilities of all the atrocities committed there during the Liberation war.
Referring to the Judgment of executed war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, she submitted that Ashraf founded Al-Badr in Jamalpur and committed war crimes across Jamalpur.
Later, the first prosecution witness Azizur Rahman alias Doll, 56, of Jamalpur town testified that Yusuf and Shamsul were Jamaat men then and the remaining ones were the leaders and activists of Islami Chattra Shangha, the then student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
He told the tribunal that the accused persons abducted his maternal uncle Nurul Amin Mallick early on July 10 in 1971 from his residence, later his body, with marks of numerous bullets and bayonet charge, was found floating on Brahmaputra river on the following day.
Later, defence lawyers began his cross-examination. His cross-examination resumes Thursday.