ICT registrar files diary for leakage of Salauddin judgement

ICT registrar files diary for leakage of Salauddin judgement

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Dhaka – Firing a broadside at BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandkar Mahbub Hossain for his statement threatening to try all involved in
the war crimes trial if the party is voted to power, chief prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu on Wednesday urged the ICT-1 to take steps to prevent
the lawyer from making controversial comments against the judiciary and judges.
Terming Mahbub’s Tuesday’s statement unexpected and unwarranted, Tipu said he (Mahbub) had made irresponsible statement about the judiciary
and judges to foil the efforts to establish the rule of law.
He urged the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to take legal steps on the matter in the interest of the judiciary.
Interrupting the chief prosecutor, Justice Jahangir Hossain, one of the members of the three-member tribunal, said, “Look how people are
being made fools campaigning that the judgment has been written by the Law Ministry.”
“Are we so incompetent to write a judgment?” he questioned saying, “Forget about me for the sake of debate since I’ve elevated to the
bench from the bar, but my two other brothers who joined the profession as judges and functioning for long in the judiciary.”
“Such a smearing campaign is very sad, very bad,” lamented Justice Jahangir adding, “These things need to be addressed as there is a very
huge investment and conspiracy behind it.”
At this point, prosecutor Zead Al Malum pleaded for drawing contempt of court proceedings against Barrister Fakhrul Islam, the counsel for
war criminal condemned convict BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, his wife and son as they made statements through both print and electronic
media showing leaked judgment claiming that the verdict was retrieved from the   computer of the Law Ministry much before the pronouncement
of the judgment and that was actually written by it.
“Their acts were nothing but a preplanned drama to malign the tribunal and tarnish its image among people both at home and abroad,” the
Prosecutor said urging the tribunal to take legal action against them.
Hearing the prosecutors, the tribunal declined to issue suo moto action saying, “Since there is a move to make us controversial, you
better come up with a written application and we’ll see it.
Meanwhile, ICT registrar AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud on Wednesday at a press briefing admitted that the draft judgment in part on war crimes
accused SQ Chowdhury was leaked out from the tribunal.
Terming the leakage a mater of grave concern, the registrar said it is also   a clear threat to the security and transparency of the
tribunal.
The Registrar, also the spokesperson for the tribunals, informed that a General Diary (GD) was filed with the Shahbagh Police Station today
(Wednesday) to take legal steps subject to investigation. – UNB

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