Bangladesh war crimes tribunals defer trials

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Date : Friday, 18 May 2012
Author : Mizan Rahman
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The daylong general strike across Bangladesh yesterday forced the International Crimes Tribunals in Dhaka to defer the trial of the 1971 war criminals.
The shutdown was enforced by main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 18-party alliance.
Police could not comply with the International Crimes Tribunals’ (ICT) earlier orders to produce the accused persons in the docks due to `risk factor’ on the roads during shutdown hours, tribunal sources said.
Both the two tribunals sat after delaying for some time, but the respective counsel for the accused did not appear before the tribunals. Some junior lawyers assisting the defence counsel were seen peeping through the tribunal doors.
However, the prosecution lawyers were present in both the tribunals.
ICT-1 chairman Justice M Nizamul Huq re-fixed May 20 for the cross-examination of prosecution witness-1 Dr Anisuzzaman, a professor emeritus of the University of Dhaka, by the defence counsel for detained accused BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and of the investigation officer by the defence counsel for detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
Responding to a prosecution plea, the tribunal issued a notice asking the defence counsel for SQ Chowdhury to explain why they failed to furnish to the tribunal and the prosecution within the deadline, the list of witnesses for the defence along with the documents or copies which the defence intends to rely upon.
In order to facilitate future trial proceedings, the tribunal passed an order that police escort be provided for the defence counsel in case of any such volatile situation like that of general strike.
Meanwhile, former BNP MP Abdul Alim, now on bail, appeared before ICT-2 but his designated lawyer failed to show up.
As a result, ICT-2 chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir deferred to May 20 the matter of Abdul Alim and also of detained accused Jamaat-e-Islami leader M Kamaruzzaman.

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