Dr Zafrullah Chowhury faces ICT 2 warrant of arrest despite SC stay

Dr Zafrullah Chowhury faces ICT 2 warrant of arrest despite SC stay

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The International Crimes Tribuna (ICT-2) on Thursday issued a warrant of arrest against Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on contempt of court charges.
The three-member International Crimes Tribunal-2, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, passed the order as he failed to pay a fine of Tk 5,000 by Wednesday as per the tribunal’s pervious order.Earlier on June 10, Dr Zafruallah Chowdhury was given one houjr hail at the tribunal for criticising the punishment of British journalist David Bergman and kept him him standing in the court and fined him Tk 5,000.
The court asked him to pay the fine in seven days and in default he will have to suffer one month’s jail.
On June 16, the Appellate Division’s Chamber Judge withheld the judgment of the ICT-2 for fining Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury for contempt of court after hearing a petition by Dr Zafrullah against the ICT-2 judgment.
But the tribunal did not get the copy of the order on the deadline (Wednesday).
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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