DB begins probe into SQC verdict theftNew Age Online
State minister for law Quamrul Islam on Wednesday said the Detective Branch of police has started an investigation after filing of a general diary by a tribunal official with the Shahbagh Police on 'partial leakage' of the verdict against BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in a war crimes case.
‘This is for sure that the verdict was not leaked from the ministry and that such allegation is baseless…Those involved in the leakage would be detected soon,’ the junior minister told a press briefing at the secretariat.
He, however, admitted to the leakage---possibly from a tribunal computer---as the law ministry, according to him, was in no way involved with the verdict.
The International Crimes Tribunal 1 on Tuesday handed Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Salauddin down the death sentence in a case of crimes against humanity, committed in 1971.
A copy of the document said an ensuing part of the verdict was made available on some social media, raising allegations that the judgement was pilfered from a computer at the law secretary’s office.
Family members of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury alleged that they found a copy of Tuesday’s verdict on website www.justiceconcern.org two days ago and the document, they claimed, was stolen from the law ministry.
Quamrul said it was part of a conspiracy at home and abroad to thwart the war crimes trials.
‘We can guess who are behind the conspiracy. DB police is now looking into the matter. Wait and see who are involved in the verdict leakage,’ Quamrul said.
BNP chairperson’s adviser and also a Supreme Court lawyer, Khandker Mahbub Hossain said Tuesday, BNP would try ‘real war crimes offenders’ and those involved in the on-going ‘farcical’ trials, if the party were voted to power.
The convictions being given in ‘politically motivated’ cases would be quashed through fresh trials, he had added.
The state minister for law called upon Mahbub to withdraw his statement, which he termed highly ‘contemptuous.’
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