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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...

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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...

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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...

Sub Judice Matters

Media asked not to publish articles

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked the media to refrain from publishing or airing articles and commentaries over sub judice matters. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan gave the verbal order as its attention was drawn to several commentaries and articles on the contempt of court proceedings against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, were published in different newspapers. Bergman, the editor (special reports) of English daily the New Age, faces trial for allegedly demeaning the tribunal's dignity through...

Tribunal summons Bergman over '71 comment

Tribunal summons Bergman over '71 comment

A special tribunal in Dhaka today summoned David Bergman, a special correspondent to English daily New Age, to explain his blog posts that question the number of Liberation War martyrs. The British journalist will have to appear before International Crimes Tribunal-2 on March 6 with a reply or send the explanation through his lawyers. The move came two days after a Supreme Court lawyer, Adul Kalam Azad, moved to the court seeking a contempt move against Bergman saying Bergman "termed the tribunal's claim of 30 lakh martyrs as wrong". According to the petitioner, the New Age journalist made the comments in his two blog posts uploaded on November 11, 2011 and January...

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