SC withholds ICT fine on Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

SC withholds ICT fine on Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

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The Appellate Division’s Chamber Judge on Tuesday withheld the judgment of the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) for fining Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury for contempt of court.
Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Fayez Siddique issued the order after hearing a petition by Dr Zafrullah against the ICT-2 judgment.
The Chamber Judge also sent the petition to the full-bench of the Appellate Division for a hearing on July 5.Barrister Akhter Imam stood for the petitioner during the hearing while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for the state.
The petition was filed on Tuesday to the corresponding section of the Appellate Division.
Earlier on June 10, the ICT-2 found Dr Zafruallah Chowdhury guilty of contempt of court for criticising the punishment of British journalist David Bergman and punished him keeping him standing in the court for an hour and fined him Tk 5,000.
The court said he will have to suffer in jail for one month if he fails to pay the fine in seven days.
On January 14, the ICT-2 issued a contempt notice against 49 people who had expressed concern through a statement published on daily Prothom Alo over the tribunal’s judgment to punish British citizen and journalist David Bergman of contempt of court.
Based on their explanations, the tribunal on two past dates exonerated 25 from the allegation of contempt of court.
The ICT-2 on April 1 drew contempt proceedings against the 23 noted citizens.
Bergman, special reports’ editor of daily New Age, got the punishment for committing contempt of court on December 2, 2014, for his criticism of the trial process on his personal blog and thus demeaning the court. – UNB

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