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David Bergman

Explain concerns over Bergman being found contemptuous of court

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked 49 eminent persons to explain by January 27 a statement they issued expressing concern over the punishment of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman for contempt of court. The statement “prima facie" appears to intend to "belittle the authority and institutional dignity of the tribunal in the mind of public,” the court said in an order. The order further said it appeared that the statement "questions transparency and openness of the tribunal and also justification of...

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Individuals who were concerned of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s conviction in a contempt charge against a war crimes tribunal will now have to clarify their say. All those who gave out the statement of concern will have to clarify their statement by January 27, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT),...

Bergman pays fine for contempt

Bergman pays fine for contempt

Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman today paid Tk 5,000 fine as per the verdict delivered by International Crimes Tibunal-2 for his contempt of court. Bergman paid the fine through the Supreme Court branch of Sonali Bank and informed the ICT registrar, via a letter, this afternoon, Arunava Chakraborty, deputy registrar of the ICT, told...

David Bergman

Rights watchdogs deplore conviction

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by the International Crimes Tribunal further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, said Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists yesterday. Bergman was sentenced to a symbolic “imprisonment till the rising of the court” and fined Tk 5,000 (about US$56) for comments he made in three blog posts regarding legal proceedings of ICT. One article is over the indictment...

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

Bergman’s conviction chills speech, says int’l rights groups

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by International Crimes Tribunal further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Bergman was sentenced to a symbolic “simple imprisonment till the rising of...

Bergman guilty of contempt

Bergman guilty of contempt

Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman was found guilty of contempt yesterday by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for his comments intended to demean the court's authority. The tribunal sentenced him to imprisonment till rising of the court and fined him Tk 5,000 under section 11(4) of International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973. However, instead of being sent...

Bergman found guilty of contempt

Bergman found guilty of contempt

A tribunal in Dhaka today found David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, guilty of the contempt of court for demeaning the court through his blog post on the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced him “simple imprisonment until the rising of the court” and also fined him TK 5,000. The tribunal...

Bergman's contempt of court verdict now on Dec 1

Bergman's contempt of court verdict now on Dec 1

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 today rescheduled December 1 for passing an order on the contempt of court proceedings against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, who is accused of demeaning the tribunal through his blogposts. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan deferred the date as it is yet to complete preparation to...

Order on Bergman’s war trial remarks Oct 13

Order on Bergman’s war trial remarks Oct 13

A special tribunal in Dhaka today fixed October 13 for passing an order regarding the contempt of court proceedings against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist,for allegedly demeaning the tribunal. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed the date after both the petitioner and defence counsels completed their submission...

David Bergman

Contempt charge hearing begins

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday started hearing arguments on contempt proceedings initiated against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, for allegedly demeaning the tribunal. Following a contempt petition, the tribunal on April 17 started the proceedings and asked Bergman to explain why he should not be punished for making “derogatory comments” about the court through his three write-ups posted in his personal blog. Bergman submitted his reply on July 8 and his counsel yesterday told the court that his client will...

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