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Tribunal closes cross examination of a prosecution witness in case of Maulana Yousuf
Monday, 02 December 2013
ICT-2 on Monday again closed the cross-examination of a prosecution witness against Jamaat leader AKM Yusuf.
The tribunal closed the cross-examination of the 13th prosecution witness, Sudhangshu Mandal, as no conducting defence lawyer for Yusuf appeared before the tribunal to cross-examine him.
This is for the second time in Yusuf’s case that the tribunal closed cross-examination of a prosecution witness.
Earlier on November 25, the tribunal closed the cross-examination of the 12th prosecution witness, Abjal Hossin, on the similar ground.
Yusuf was in the dock.
On the outset of the day’s proceedings, a junior lawyer for Yusuf, Gazi MH Tamim appeared before the tribunal and sought an adjournment for one day on the ground of personal difficulties of his senior colleague, Mizanur Rahman.
The tribunal rejected the plea and asked Tamim to cross-examine the witness but Tamim denied.
The tribunal then closed the cross-examination of the witness and asked the prosecution to produce its next witness for examination.
Later, the 14th prosecution witness, Babul Kumar Mistri, 49 or 50 testified against Yusuf.
Later Tamim began his cross-examination.
The  conducting defence lawyers for the accused persons facing war crimes charges generally keep themselves off from attending the court proceedings on the days of general strike or blockade programmes, citing ‘personal difficulties’ or ‘unavoidable circumstances’ as reasons.