Serve HRW with contempt notice: prosecutionNew Age Online
The prosecution in the trial of war crimes accused Ghulam Azam on Tuesday submitted an appeal to the International Crimes Tribunal-I to serve New York-based international human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, with a contempt of court notice, for tarnishing the image of the court.
The prosecution submitted the appeal to the tribunal at 2:30pm.
On Aug 16, Human Rights Watch, published a statement criticising the ICT-I trial and verdict of Ghulam Azam that sentenced him to life imprisonment on July 15. In the statement, HRW described the trial as ‘deeply flawed’ and that it ‘did not meet international fair trial standards.’
Furthermore, the statement raised concerns about judges improperly conducting an investigation on behalf of the prosecution, collusion and bias among prosecutors and judges, failure to take steps to protect defense witnesses, changes in the trial court panel and lack of evidence to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, during the trial.
On Tuesday, the prosecution appealed to the court to serve HRW with a contempt of court notice, raising specification objection to the points made in the statement about ‘collusion and bias among prosecutors and judges’ and ‘concerns about judges improperly conducting an investigation on behalf of the prosecution’ saying it had tarnished the image of the court.
In March 2010 Azam was charged with six counts of conspiracy, planning, incitement, complicity, murder, and torture as crimes against humanity at the ICT. The judgment, handed down on July 15, 2013, found Azam guilty on all counts and sentenced him to life in prison for 90 years. He was spared the death penalty due to old age.
On August 12, the prosecution appealed the sentence, arguing that Azam deserved the death penalty.
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