According to a report prepared by the Defence Team, the prosecution witness Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury has stated in Motiur Rahman Nizami’s case on 26 August 2012 that he had attended a meeting in London in 1974 following an invitation of Mr Razzaq. Mr Chowdhury stated that during this meeting Mr Razzaq admitted that he was a Member of Al Badar, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan Army during 1971. This allegations had not been mentioned by Mr Chowdhury in any prior statement to the police. The Defence Team stated in their report that the statement made by Mr Chowdurhy “has no legal value” under Bangladesh laws: “It is not a statement against Nizami, therefore it cannot be used against Nizami. Since the statement has not been made in a trial against Mr Razzaq, it cannot be used against him either. As a matter of fact Chowdhury’s deposition before the Tribunal has no evidential value.”
The report further states that the Defence has become aware that the statement of Mr Chowdhury was made “on the instructions of a section of the Prosecutors” with the sole purpose to undermine Mr Razzaq ”and to create an atmosphere which prevents him from discharging his professional responsibility.”
According to the Defence it has been established that the trials conducted do not comply with national and international standards and that the success of the Defence Team has created many enemies. The Chief Defense Counsel, Mr Razzaq has therefore been publicly attacked by the prosecutors as well as the government on several occasions and recently this conspiracy was stired up.
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