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Contempt Of Court

Contempt of court: Prothom Alo editor summoned

Contempt of court: Prothom Alo editor summoned

The Supreme Court today summoned Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and its Joint Editor Mizanur Rahman Khan before it on January 5 in connection with a contempt of court petition. SC lawyer Sirajum Munir filed the petition for publishing an article titled ‘Selection of Chief Justice (Prodhan Bicharpati Bechhe Naowa)’ in the Prothom Alo...

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 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...

HC summons Jamaat leader

The High Court today asked acting secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami Rafiqul Islam Khan to appear before it on July 7 to explain his ‘derogatory and contemptuous’ statement about the court. The HC said Khan would face consequence if he does not comply with the order. The HC bench of Justice Md Asfaqul Islam and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal also fixed July 7 for delivering a verdict on a contempt of court rule issued against him for the statement. On August 5 last...

COMMENTS ON POLITICISATION

Huda cleared of contempt charge

Huda cleared of contempt charge

The High Court today dismissed a contempt of court rule issued against former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on the basis of a newspaper report on his alleged comments about politicisation in different sectors. The exemption came after Huda expressed sincere sorrow and The Daily Star offered unconditional apology before the court through...

Bergman to be tried for contempt of court

Bergman to be tried for contempt of court

A special tribunal in Dhaka today decided to start trial of David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, for his write-ups that questioned the Liberation War death figure and demeaned dignity of the court. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan also asked Bergman to reply in 15 days why punitive action should not be taken against him for his remarks. In its order, the three-member panel said the tribunal is not satisfied with Bergman's reply that he submitted on March 18 following the court’s order. Preliminary element of contempt of court has been found in his remarks, the tribunal said. Later, it fixed May 11 for further hearing on...

Haji Selim faces contempt rule

The High Court today issued a contempt of court rule against independent lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim for obstructing law enforcers to implement its 2011 directive to protect the historical Lalbagh Fort in Old Dhaka. In the rule, the court asked Selim to show cause in two weeks why contempt of court proceedings should not be brought against him for obstructing the law enforcers in executing its order. The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal came...

Contempt of Court:

THE phrase “contempt of court” is becoming a household term, courtesy of headline news of journalists being asked to appear before the court on accusation of contempt of court. The latest incident is that of Mr. Mizanur Rahman Khan, who appeared before a bench of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on charges of contempt of court for writing an opinion article in the daily Prothom Alo. The justification for having strict laws for contempt of court can be best understood...

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