The state appointed defence lawyer for BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman on Tuesday concluded his arguments seeking acquittal of his fugitive client from the charges of the August 21 grenade attack cases.
Defence counsel AKM Akhter Hossain completed placing his arguments before the court of Judge Shahed Nuruddin of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 in favour of Tarique Rahman, who is now staying in UK.The lawyer in his argument said the charges brought against his client, fugitive accused Tarique, were not proved during the trial proceedings in the cases.
Seeking acquittal of Tarique from the charges, Akhter Hossain sighted different contradictions between the statements of prosecution witnesses and the confessional statements of Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) chief Mufti Hannan.
He also claimed that the prosecution completely failed to prove the charges against Tarique Rahman in the cases.
The court fixed today (Wednesday) for placing argument on behalf of other accused. On December 27, prosecution concluded their closing arguments pleading maximum punishment for all the accused in the cases.
The makeshift court set up at a building near the gate of former Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road, is holding the trial in the cases — one for the murder and the other under the Explosive Substances Act — simultaneously.