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International Crimes Tribunal-1

War Crimes Trial against Azhar

Defence given last chance to produce only witness

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday gave a last chance to the defence to produce their only witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam as they failed to produce their intended four witnesses yesterday. The tribunal set August 3 for the defence to examine their witness. The three-member tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim on July 7 allowed four witnesses for the defence and ordered them to produce the witnesses yesterday, but they...

Jabbar's trial to be held in absentia

A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday decided to initiate the trial against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed in Pirojpur during the Liberation War in 1971. The court also fixed July 20 for the hearing on charge framing against the absconding accused. Mohammad Abdul Hasan was made the tribunal appointed defence lawyer for Jabbar. On May 12, the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1 headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim issued an...

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

A tribunal in Dhaka today decided to hold the trial of war crimes suspect Abdul Jabbar in absentia for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. After passing the order, the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1 headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim fixed July 20 for charge framing hearing in the case. The tribunal issued an arrest warrant against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker on May 12 after accepting five war crimes charges against him. Jabbar, now 82, was the alleged chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee, an anti-liberation force, during the Liberation War in 1971. As Jabbar was not arrested by this time, the court...

Defence conceals info in petition

The prosecution yesterday brought allegations of 'fraudulence' against the defence counsel of war crimes accused ATM Azharul Islam as the latter 'concealed information' in their petition. The defence filed the petition with the International Crimes Tribunal-1 seeking permission to scrutinise the probe report prepared by the investigation officer (IO). The tribunal also expressed its discontent over the defence's 'dilatory tactics' in cross-examining the last prosecution witness SM Idris Ali, also the IO of the war crimes case.   It directed the defence...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Nizami verdict postponed

Nizami verdict postponed

A special tribunal in Dhaka today postponed the pronouncement of verdict in a war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami due to his illness. The tribunal has decided to keep the case waiting for verdict again as it is not logical to pronounce the judgement in absence of Nizami, said Justice Enayetur Rahim, chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, which was scheduled to delivery the verdict today. Earlier in the morning, the jail authorities informed the tribunal’s registrar office through a letter that Nizami was sick, said AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud, registrar and spokesman for the international crimes tribunal. The chairman came up with the postponement order around 11:00am after the letter...

Comments On War Trial

Contempt plea against Mahbub disposed of

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday disposed of a contempt petition filed against BNP chairperson's adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain with an observation about the need to be careful and respectful in making comments on the judiciary. After the tribunal had handed down capital punishment on war crimes convict BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury on October 1, 2013, Mahbub at a press conference said if voted to power, his party would try those involved in the trial. Mahbub also said, “If the nationalist...

War crime accused Akram held

War crime accused Akram held

An accused war criminal was arrested by the law enforcers from Rajpara area of Rajshahi city early today. Akram Hossain Khan, 60, a resident of Morolganj upazila in Bagerhat, went on hiding after an arrest warrant was issued against him by the International Crime Tribunal (ICT)-1 two weeks ago, police sources said. In a joint...

Mobarak's war crimes trial ends

Mobarak's war crimes trial ends

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 may deliver verdict in the war crimes case against Mobarak Hossain, a leader of Brahmanbaria Awami League, any day as the trail proceedings concluded yesterday. With the completion of proceedings in Mobark's case, four war crimes cases are now waiting for verdict delivery at two tribunals conducting trial of war...

Contempt Of Tribunal

HRW says sorry to ICT

The Human Rights Watch has apologised to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for any inadvertent mistake it had made in its August 16, 2013, report on the verdict of former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam. However, the New York-based rights body said the publication and the American nationals who wrote it were under the jurisdiction of US laws and they were beyond the tribunal's territorial jurisdiction. On behalf of HRW, counsellor Asaduzzaman made the submission before the tribunal following the prosecution plea to...

War Crimes Trial

Sloppy prosecution riles tribunal

The war crimes proceedings against Brahmanbaria Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain could be completed at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday but the prosecution's failure to prove the authenticity of their own documents led to its deferment till May 27. The three judges of the tribunal yesterday expressed their annoyance at the prosecution for "wasting government money by submitting unnecessary, voluminous documents" to the tribunal and "handling the case carelessly". In the final probe report, a note was written citing some instructions...

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