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12:00 AM, July 29, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 29, 2010

War Tribunal

2 HC judges' appointment valid: HC

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the appointment of two HC judges to the International Crimes Tribunal, set up for trying the crimes against humanity and peace during the 1971 Liberation War.
A division bench comprised of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Syeda Afsar Jahan passed the order after holding hearing on the petition.
The government on March 25 this year appointed sitting HC judges Justice Nizamul Huq as chairman and Justice ATM Fazle Kabir as member of the Tribunal. Justice AKM Zaheer Ahmad is the third member of the tribunal.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the chairman and members of the tribunal could perform their duties, as there remains no bar.
Barrister Abdur Razzaq, a central leader of Jamaat-e-Islami and counsel for petitioners, told The Daily Star that they would file an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to overturn the HC order.
Nawab Ali, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami lawyer, and AFM Solaiman Chowdhury, a former secretary, jointly filed the writ petition with the HC on July 11 stating that as per the provision of the constitution, sitting HC judges cannot hold any other office of the republic.

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