Tribunal staff held over SQC verdict leak

Tribunal staff held over SQC verdict leak

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Police have accused three persons in a case filed over the alleged leak of the draft verdict of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s war crimes trial.
Among them, Nayan Ali, a master roll employee at the International Crimes Tribunal, had already been arrested, DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the press at the DMP media centre on Friday.
He said the case was filed at the Shahbagh Police Station on Friday under Sections 54, 57 and 63 of the Information and Communication Technology Act.
The other two accused could not be named for the sake of the investigation, he added.
Detectives also seized two computers from the office of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s lawyer Fakhrul Islam in the afternoon.
Police on Thursday had seized the computer used for composing the draft verdict at the tribunal. They also questioned the related staff.
On Tuesday, BNP MP Salauddin Quader was sentenced to death by the first war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh for murder and genocide committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
His relatives claimed on the day of the judgment that they had found the war crime court’s verdict on various portals on the Internet, days before it was pronounced.
On the following day, tribunal Registrar Nasir Uddin Mahmud said the draft verdict had been ‘leaked’ from the tribunal’s computer when it was being prepared. He had lodged a general diary with the Shahbagh police.
After seizing the tribunal computer, detectives on Friday raided the office of Salauddin Quader’s lawyer Fakhrul Islam at capital Dhaka’s Kakrail.
Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police Deputy Commissioner Krishnapada Roy said apart from the two computers, ‘several other items’, too, had been seized from the lawyer’s office.
“I was not in my chamber,” Fakhrul Islam told journalists when contacted. “But the people at the chamber told me that almost a hundred policemen arrived at around 2:30pm. They have taken two computers, a printer and the certified verdict copy of Salauddin Quader’s case.”-bdnews24.com

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