A tribunal in Dhaka today issued contempt of court rules against Editor of Bangla daily Sangram Abul Asad and three others for making comments about a sub-judice matter on the war crimes trial of Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 passed the order when the counsel for Azharul, assistant secretary general of Jamaat, placed two reports published in Sangram saying that Azharul was not involved in crimes against humanity during 1971 Liberation War.
The tribunal also asked the four to appear before the court on August 20 to explain their comments.
The three others are: Ekramul Haque Dulu, former commander of Muktijoddha Sangsad of Badarganj thana unit in Rangpur, Azizur Rahman Ranga, who was president of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Rangpur unit in 1971, and the Rangpur correspondent of the daily.
The Rangpur correspondent of the daily quoted Ekramul and Azizur in the reports.
The reports were published on December 27, 2013 and January 26 this year when the trial of Azharul is running in the tribunal.
According to the law, tribunal can issue contempt of court rule if anyone comments over a sub-judice matter during the trial proceedings.