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Trial of Azharul Islam: IO’s cross-examination closed
Monday, 07 July 2014
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Sunday closed the chapter of cross-examinations of the designated investigation officer (IO) of the war crimes case of Jamaat–e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam.
On the sixth day of cross-examinations exhausting 16:30 hours, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, passed the order.

Earlier, the tribunal sat idle for 30 minutes without proceedings as the computer operator remained absent. Later, an alternative arrangement was made to run the trial proceedings.
Before recommencing the cross-examinations of IO SM Idris Ali, the tribunal reminded Azharul’s counsel A Sobhan Tarafder to refrain from making questions on admitted fact and be careful about the stipulated timing during cross-examinations.

Replying to a defence question, the IO told the tribunal that he had collected the 1971 fortnight top secret police report on the war crimes accused from the District Special Branch of Kushtia.

On another defence question, the IO admitted that during his investigation he did not compare the seized documents in connection with the war crimes case from the originals as the documents were duly attested.

“I’ve investigated the subject matter of the seized documents before preparing the investigation report and I’ve collected the 1971 track records of Azharul from the information list as maintained by the Special Branch of Police, Dhaka,” said IO Idris Ali.

Asked whether during his investigation he interrogated any person and anyone made prosecution witness from the own village of accused Azharul, the IO replied in the negative.
Dismissing the defence suggestions, the IO said, ”It’s not true accused Azharul’s name involving in the 1971 war crimes case was politically motivated.”

“It’s not also true I didn’t conduct the investigation properly rather I submitted the untrue investigation report against accused Azharul based on the sources only,” said Idris Ali, the last prosecution witness PW-19.