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2 war crimes accused held in Cox’s Bazar

2 war crimes accused held in Cox’s Bazar

Police arrested two persons accused in a war crimes case in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar this afternoon. The arrestees -- Md Rashid, 83, and Salamat Ullah Khan, 80, -- were respectively general secretary and president of Maheshkhali Thana Peace Committee during the 1971 Liberation War, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent. Earlier in the day,...

Statement on Bergman verdict: Tribunal exonerates 14 dignitaries

Statement on Bergman verdict: Tribunal exonerates 14 dignitaries

A tribunal in Dhaka today exonerated 14 dignitaries of contempt proceedings after they apologised unconditionally for their statements on the Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s punishment. The International Crimes tribunal-2 headed by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan passed the order after the 14 eminent personalities apologised to it. The three-member tribunal fixed March 3 to...

Cabinet okays draft for ICT-based accountable govt

Cabinet okays draft for ICT-based accountable govt

The cabinet today approved the draft of the 'National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, 2015' seeking to establish a transparent and accountable government through expansion of ICT and its multifaceted use. The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the...

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),...

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

New CJ to lead Mojaheed’s appeal hearing

The Supreme Court is set tomorrow to start hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging the death penalty handed down to him for his war crimes. The appeal has been enlisted for hearing as case No-4 in tomorrow’s cause list of a four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by newly appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The three other judges of the bench are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik. On December 3 last year, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by incumbent Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed January 14 for...

Prosecution happy with Qaisar’s verdict

Prosecution happy with Qaisar’s verdict

The prosecution team voiced pleasure with the death sentence handed to former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar by a war crimes tribunal. Qaisar, 73, was handed death for seven charges of killing and rape and life in prison for four charges conducted during the Liberation War of Bangladesh during 1971. Emerging from the tribunal...

Free wi-fi internet for Secretariat

Free wi-fi internet for Secretariat

The government today brought the Bangladesh Secretariat under open wi-fi blanket under its aim to achieve the vision of Digital Bangladesh by 2021. State minister for ICT Division of Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Junaid Ahmed Palak, launched the wireless internet service today, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The programme was taken under...

Prosecution returns 'faulty' probe report

For the first time ever, the international crimes tribunals chief prosecutor's office has sent a report on two war crimes suspects back to the investigation agency, citing errors. Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipoo yesterday returned the report with other documents and recommended further investigations of alleged Razakars of Kishoreganj Nasir Uddin Ahmed and his brother Shamsuddin Ahmed, said a prosecutor and an investigator. Nasir, 62, a former army officer, and Shamsuddin, 60, a lawyer of Kishoreganj, are the sons of late...

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...

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