No 'threatening' ICT, says Khandker Mahbub

No ‘threatening’ ICT, says Khandker Mahbub


BNP leader Khandker Mahbub Hossain has said he has not ‘threatened’
the International Crimes Tribunal judges over Salauddin Quader
Chowdhury’s war crimes conviction.
The Bar Council Vice-President said he had talked about ‘false cases
and witnesses’.
“I said nothing against the [ICT] judges because they are neutral,
they only judge cases. It is the prosecution and the witnesses I was
referring to, surely not the judges, who only deal with a case on its
merits,” Hossain said.
On Oct 1, the first war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh found BNP
Standing Committee member Salauddin Quader guilty of nine charges
including murder and genocide committed in Chittagong during the 1971
Liberation War. He was sentenced to death.
Minutes later, BNP Chairperson’s Advisor Hossain said: “Everyone
related with the trial will be tried.”
Hossain tried setting the record straight on Sunday after the tribunal
slapped a show-cause notice on him following his remarks.
The notice asked why charges of contempt would not be brought against
him and ordered him to submit his written clarification by Oct 21.
“Under the existing law, false cases and false testimonies are
punishable. If anyone is punished in the tribunal in a false case,
then they’d face trial as per the law,” he said clarifying his Oct 1
He had termed Salauddin Quader’s trial a ‘farce’ and alleged it
smacked of political vengeance.
The prosecution moved the tribunal, seeking contempt of court
proceedings against him.
In its order, the ICT-1 observed that Hossain’s statement was a
‘threat to the judiciary’. The statement has created ‘confusion’ and
‘threatened’ everyone involved with the trial.
Hossain held a conference call with the reporters two hours after the
tribunal order.
“I did not comment on the tribunal and its judges…my statement has
been distorted,” he claimed.
“My statement is not a threat to anyone,” he added. “It is obligatory
for a country’s legal system and the Constitution.”
His comments on Oct 1 had drawn flak from the government, and State
Minister for Law Qamrul Islam recalled his role immediately after the
Liberation War in bring collaborators to justice.
“He had played the role of a special Public Prosecutor at a Dhaka
tribunal constituted under the 1972 collaborator act. Now he is by the
side of those killers and issuing statements for them,” Qamrul had
said. – adapted from


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