DHAKA : The state prosecutors Wednesday demanded taking action against the defense lawyers for illegal appeal to the ICT to transfer case against Ghulam Azam to Tribunal-2 from Tribunal-1.
State Prosecutor Ziad al Malum made the demand during the hearing on transferring the case against Ghulam to ICT-2.
Defense lawyer Barrister Abdur Razzak filed four petitions after the indictment of the Jamaat leader.
On Tuesday, the ICT led by Justice Nizamul Haque rejected the plea of defense counsel to adjourn the opening statement.
The tribunal also permitted three defense lawyers to meet with Ghulam Azam at the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on June 8.
Barrister Abdur Razzak, BNP standing committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia and Supreme Court Bar Association president Advocate Zainul Abedin moved for Ghulam Azam in the hearing.
On May 13, the International Crime Tribunal-1 on Sunday framed charges against former Jamaat Amir Professor Ghulam Azam, detained for trial on charges of wartime crimes against humanity during liberation war in 1971.
On December 26 last, International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) returned the war crimes charges brought against former Jamaat Chief Ghulam Azam, terming those ‘scattered and irrelevant’.
The tribunal also directed the chief prosecutor to resubmit the formal charges against Ghulam Azam properly by the time (January 5) through its registrar office.
On December 12 last, formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ were submitted against Ghulam Azam for his role during the Liberation War and appealed for issuing arrest warrant against him.
A total of 52 allegations were complied in the charge book against Azam, who was Ameer of the erstwhile East Pakistan chapter of the Islamic party that sided with the Pakistan government during the liberation war.
As per the allegations, the prosecutor petitioned the tribunal for issuing arrest warrant against Ghulam Azam.
On December 13, the ICT fixed December 26 to give order on taking into cognizance the formal charges of ‘crime against humanity’ against Ghulam Azam in response to an appeal by Jamaat lawyer Barrister Abdur Razzak.
On November 1, the probe report against the Jamaat-e-Islami supremo was submitted to the prosecution panel of the tribunal in connection with their alleged wartime crimes against humanity.
BDST: 1632 HRS, JUN 06, 2012
Edited by: Shahin Afroz, Newsroom Editor
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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