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12:00 AM, March 21, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 21, 2011

Col Taher's Trial

Judgement tomorrow

High Court (HC) yesterday fixed tomorrow for delivering judgement on the writ petitions challenging the trial of Colonel Abu Taher and some other freedom fighters through a military tribunal in 1976.
The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh MD Zakir Hossain fixed the date after concluding the hearing of the petitions.
A military court in July 1976 tried Taher and sixteen others including politicians Sirajul Alam Khan, ASM Abdur Rab, Maj (retd) Zia Uddin, Hasanul Huq Inu, Sharif Nurul Ambia and Mahmudur Rahman Manna on mutiny and treason charges.
Taher's wife Lutfa Taher, his brother Anwar Hossain and Fatema Yusuf, wife of Yusuf Ali Khan, who was given life sentence by the military court, jointly filed the writ petition on August 22 last year.
On August 23 last year, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why the military regulation under which Taher was tried and executed should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Huq Inu and Vice President Rabiul Alam, Maj (retd) Zia Uddin and Abdul Majid, who were also tried and punished by the same military tribunal, filed three other writ petitions with the HC on similar grounds in January this year.
The HC on different days in January also issued separate rules on the government.
During hearings on the rules, a number of senior lawyers placed submissions before the court as amicus curiae (friend of court), saying that the trial of Taher and others was illegal and unconstitutional.
The trial and execution of Taher was a murder in the name of trial and Ziaur Rahman was responsible for it, most of the amicus curiae said.

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