GHULAM AZAM TRIAL
Contempt petition hearing against HRW tomorrowNew Age Online
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday set tomorrow (Thursday) for hearing on the contempt petition filed by the prosecution against New York based International Human Rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch.
‘The prosecution has filed a contempt petition against HRW yesterday. We have gone through the terse application. We set tomorrow for hearing the matter,’ said the presiding judge, Justice ATM Fazle Kabir.
Earlier on Aug 20, the war crimes prosecution filed a contempt petition against Human Rights Watch with the ICT-1.
The petitioner prayed for serving contempt notice on Human Rights Watch for its alleged ‘scandalous’ article on war crimes trial of convicted former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam.
The petitioner made New York based board of directors of HRW, its San Francisco based Asia Division executive director Brad Adams and Washington based Asia Division associate Storm Tiv the respondents.
This is the first contempt case against HRW, prosecutor Tureen Afroz told reporters immediately after submitting the petition to the ICT registrar.
On July 15, ICT-1 jailed Ghulam Azam for 90 years for 1971 crimes against humanity. On August 5, he filed an appeal petition in the Appellate Division challenging his conviction.
On August 12, the chief war crimes prosecutor, Gholam Arief Tipoo, filed the government’s appeal petition against what he said ‘the inadequate sentence’ and sought death penalty for Ghulam Azam.
HRW posted an article on its website on August 16 under the caption ‘Bangladesh: Azam Conviction Based on Flawed Proceedings: Analysis Outlines how Fair Trial Rights of Accused Was Seriously Compromised.’
In the article HRW said the Ghulam Azam trial was ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘did not meet international fair trial standards.’
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